Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Panel
FDA-approved Test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Our CLIA-certified testing centers use Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test, which is the gold standard in the industry, and is FDA-approved. The test is highly accurate and looks for both Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea in the urine. The NAA is a urine test, which means that there will be no uncomfortable undressing or swabbing at any of our testing centers.
FAQs on Chlamydia-Gonorrhea Testing
What are Gonorrhea and Chlamydia?
Gonorrhea is one of the most common STD in the US with more than 700,000 new infections reported every year. It is caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhea. It grows in the moist areas of the reproductive tract. In women, it usually grows in the cervix, uterus, urethra, and Fallopian tube, and in men, it is generally found in the urethra. The bacteria can also grow inside the anus, eyes, throat, and the mouth.
Chlamydia is the most infectious STD, with over 3 million new infections registered across the country every year. It is caused by a bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis. Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are co-existing infections, which means that if you have one infection, then the chances are very high that you have another as well. Further, they are silent diseases, and exhibit symptoms very late, and very slowly. Therefore, STD testing is the only way of completely ensuring that you do not have the infection.
How does chlamydia-gonorrhea testing work?
We make use of FDA-approved NAA test, which looks for any presence of both Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhea in the urine sample. So, our lab technician will be taking your urine sample when you visit our testing center.
How are gonorrhea and chlamydia transmitted?
Both gonorrhea and chlamydia are transmitted through oral, vaginal, and anal sex. Mena and women are both susceptible to the disease, regardless of whether the man ejaculates or not. It is possible to contract the disease again, even after treatment, by having sex with an infected person. The most common symptoms of the two diseases include a burning sensation during urination, penile or vaginal discharges, and unusual sores or rashes in the genital area.
Who should get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?
Both men and women, who are sexually active, stand at the risk of contracting the disease. Unprotected sex, and sex with multiple partners is a particularly risky behavior. As both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are silent diseases, it is recommended that sexually active people undergo testing for both diseases regularly, to make sure that they are free from both the infections.
Why should I test for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia together?
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are co-existing infections. To make sure that you are free from both infections, it is important to get tested for both of them at the same time. They are caused by bacteria, and our testing centers are equipped with the facilities to detect both the bacteria. Once detected, they can be easily cured using antibiotics. However, if either of them go undetected, then they can cause serious problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women which often leads to infertility and ectopic pregnancy. In men, the diseases can cause epididymitis, which is a painful condition in the tubes attached to the testicles.
What is the ideal time to get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?
For accurate results, it is always advisable to take the test for Chlamydia after 24 hours of the exposure, and in case of Gonorrhea, after 48 hours of the initial exposure. This means that 1-5 days after the initial exposure for Chlamydia and 2-6 days after the initial exposure for Gonorrhea are the ideal time windows for getting yourself tested. A confirmation test should follow after the treatment to make sure that both the bacteria are completely out of the system.
How should I prepare for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test?
Our lab technicians will be taking a urine sample from you for the test. Therefore, you should abstain yourself from urinating for at least an hour prior to arriving at our testing center. No other preparation is required.
When can I get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?
Now. If you are sexually active, then you should immediately get tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
If you engaged yourself in unprotected sex with a stranger, or with someone whose sexual status you are not aware of, then it is important that you get tested for both chlamydia and gonorrhea immediately. For Chlamydia, the ideal time for testing is 1-5 days after you had unprotected sex, and for gonorrhea, it is 2-6 days after the incident. The treatment should be followed by another test 2 weeks later, to ascertain that you have been cured of both the infections. Also, it is recommended that retake the test 3 months later, to check if the infections have re-appeared.
In general, everyone who is sexually active should take STD tests at least once a year to check whether they have been infected with any of the major infections – chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV-1, HIV-2, herpes-1 or herpes-2, and Hepatitis A, B and C.