What is a Chlamydia Test?

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Posted By Steffy Alen

Chlamydia testing is usually recommended for all sexually active adults. These tests are done by scraping urine from the back of the throat and testing it for the presence of the infection. A urine test only tells you if you have been exposed to a particular strain of the infection. There are a couple of other ways to test for chlamydia.

Newer, easier tests, called NAATs (nucleic acid amplification tests) are now very easy and accurate to take. Your doctor can tell you what testing options are available (swab or urinalysis). If you reside in Alaska, Maryland or Washington, D.C. you can get a free chlamydia testing kit at your local health department. These kits can be used for either urine or blood testing. Blood testing is the most reliable way to diagnose Chlamydia.

If you suspect that you might have contracted Chlamydia, you should not just wait for a test to be performed on you. If you are getting tested for this infection, it is important that you take action right away so you do not become infected with this disease. Most people who are exposed to Chlamydia do not show any symptoms for months or even years. Because of this, it is important that if you believe you have contracted the infection, you visit an STD clinic as soon as possible and begin receiving treatment.

Even though you might not think that you need to get tested for Chlamydia, it is always best to be tested for this STD. No matter where you live, if you are not using protection, you could be exposing yourself to unnecessary risks. It is better to be safe than sorry and it would be very irresponsible to get tested for Chlamydia if you are going to be in the public eye. Many doctors recommend that all pregnant women be tested for this STD before they give birth so that they can make sure that there is no infection risk for their child. Chlamydia symptoms usually last between two and nine weeks but you should visit a health clinic for more accurate information.

The symptoms of Chlamydia include a urethra that is red or purple in color, pain when urinating, and having an unusual discharge. If you have ever had this type of infection before, then you know that the symptoms are much like those for a common urinary tract infection. There are a few symptoms that are not common with all cases of Chlamydia but they can occur. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should visit a nearby STD clinic for a proper Chlamydia test as soon as possible. A negative test result means that you do not have Chlamydia. More here:

Remember that a positive chlamydia test does not mean that someone else in your life has this disease. You can only be tested if your symptoms are severe enough to indicate this infection. If you think you might have been exposed to a sexually transmitted disease, you should visit a nearby STD testing site for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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