Chlamydia Test – How to Tell If You Need One
Why Test for Chlamydia?
Most people wait until they have discomfort before they seek out an STD test. But did you know that the most common STD infects three million Americans yearly – yet most never even know they have it? Only one in four women, and one in two men will ever have symptoms. The only way to tell for sure whether you and your partner are safe is to get a chlamydia test.
How is Chlamydia Spread?
This sexually transmitted disease spreads to both male and female sex organs, the rectum, urinary tract, eyes and throat. It is passed through vaginal, anal and oral sex, and also from mother to child during birth.
What Are The Effects Of The Bacteria?
If not treated, chlamydia can cause irreversible damage. In women, this includes pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), as well as fallopian tube damage that can lead to infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. During childbirth, the bacteria can spread to the newborn, leading to chlamydial pneumonia and possible blinding. Those infected are also five times more likely to contract the HIV virus. In men, the bacterium can spread to the testicles and cause infertility.
What is The Testing Process?
Usually, you can get tested to see if you have a chlamydia infection by going to a clinic or ordering a kit for at-home testing. The test can be done using a urine sample or a cervical swab.
What is The Cure for The Chlamydia Trachomatis Bacteria
If you are tested positive for chlamydia, your doctor will likely give you one of two antibiotic treatments. These treatments are 95% effective in killing the bacteria, and should be taken as soon as possible. Also, those tested positive should get tested for other STDs as well. If you are sexually active, you owe it to yourself and your partner to get tested regularly for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases.