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.
Chlamydia does not always have symptoms, but they can include:
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.
This test is recommended for anyone who wants to know about their sexual health, as well as those who:
Get tested every year if you:
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.
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.