Chlamydia, Urine Test

This test detects the bacteria that causes chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). The infection is spread through unprotected sex with an infected partner. It can infect both men and women, and the infection can also spread from a pregnant woman to her baby. You can get chlamydia more than once, even if you’ve been treated in the past.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

Chlamydia does not always have symptoms, but they can include:

  • Pain or burning while urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Abdominal pain
  • Abnormal genital discharge
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Swollen or tender testicles

How is chlamydia treated?

Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can be passed to other partners and can cause serious issues for both men and women.

If your results detect chlamydia, you will have the opportunity to speak to a board-certified PWNHealth physician about your results at no additional cost.

Who should get tested?

This test is recommended for anyone who wants to know about their sexual health, as well as those who:

  • Have had unprotected sex.
  • Share or have shared injection drug needles.
  • Have symptoms of an STD.
  • Are concerned they’ve been exposed to an STD.
  • Are pregnant.

Get tested every year if you:

  • Are a man who has sex with men.
  • Are a sexually-active woman under 25.
  • Are a woman 25 or older with new or multiple sex partners, or your partner has an STD.

Are there any risks involved in getting this test?

There is no risk involved in getting this test. You will be asked to give a urine sample at the lab.

Please keep in mind that this test only checks for chlamydia infection in the genital area. It does not check for chlamydia in the rectum or throat. If you think you have been exposed or engage in risky sexual behavior, you should seek testing to check for infection in these areas as well.

How do I prepare for this test?

Do not urinate for at least 1 hour before your test. Women should not douche or use vaginal creams for 24 hours before taking the test. Antibiotics may affect the results of the test. However, do not stop taking any medications without talking to your provider first.