Chlamydia Testing is Easier than Ever
What is Chlamydia? We’ve all heard of it and hope not to get it, but do you know what it really is? It’s actually an obligate intracellular parasite called Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease with scientists estimating that more than 3 to 4 million new cases occur each year! These increases add up to more new infections than any other STD. The most unfortunate aspect is that the disease is avoidable if preventive measures are taken when sexually active.
The next question that most of us have is “How will I know if I have it?” In men, Chlamydia gets into the body through the urethra and manifests itself by symptoms such as burning pain when urinating or discharge from the urethra, and pain either in the testicles or rectum. In women, the primary way the disease enters the body is through the vagina. The parasite travels from the vagina into the cervix and eventually into the uterus, or womb. Symptoms of Chlamydia infection in women include: vaginal discharge or irritation, pain during sex, pain in the rectum or abdomen, or severe pelvic area pain due to advanced Chlamydia infection in the upper reproductive tract. If any of these symptoms occur, tests can be performed by your doctor through a collected urine sample and care can be taken to get immediate treatment.
The best resources for finding out more about testing services is by going online or by contacting your local health clinic or laboratory site. They can provide you with full written content and the latest news about how testing is done, who performs these sensitive tests for helping detect STDs, and what specimen fluids or swabs are collected. The best form of planning for getting your test done is to first write down a list of your symptoms to make sure everything gets reported. Treating common pelvic pain before it becomes a more serious of conditions is an excellent way to stay healthy!
Many people are confused as to if they should get tested for any reason other than if they are having painful symptoms. The safest view to take is to practice control when it comes to sexual contact with others. Using a contact barrier such as a condom is the most common practice. A related method for eliminating the high risk of STDs is to abstain from sex completely. Should you decide to begin a new sexual relationship, be sure to ask your partner to get tested and get yourself tested as well. This will provide you with additional security in knowing that you’ll be safe with that person.
When it comes time to get tested, be sure to check out your online resources for public services and centers that will gladly help adolescents and adults alike. For very little to no fee, you can come in and get the information you need along with the diagnostic testing, cultures, and related analysis of your specimen sample. You can also order completely confidential collection kits online that will help you know if you have an STD or not. As they say, knowing is half the battle!