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CHLAMYDIA AND GONORRHEA

Frequently Asked Questions

More information about Chlamydia Testing

Do you use blood or urine to test for chlamydia?

Our labs conduct each chlamydia test using a urine sample. When you arrive at the testing center you will only need to provide a urine sample. There is no swabbing or undressing necessary.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

Please abstain from urinating for at least an hour prior to taking your chlamydia test. Otherwise, no other preparation is required.

When is the right time to test for chlamydia?

If you are concerned about a possible chlamydia infection, the ideal time to get tested is a minimum of 1-5 days after exposure. In other words, wait at least 24 hours after possible exposure before you take the test. Individuals who have been treated for chlamydia should test again 21 to 28 days after treatment to ensure that the bacterium has cleared.

What will the test results say?

If your results are negative, then no signs of chlamydia are present in your system. A positive result means chlamydia was found. It is possible to test too early after being exposed to chlamydia infection. Our doctors recommend waiting 1-5 days for reliable results.

Can chlamydia be cured or treated?

Yes, chlamydia is curable and can be treated with antibiotics. If necessary, our doctors will provide consultation over the phone and, at their discretion, can prescribe antibiotics to be picked up at a nearby pharmacy.

Who needs chlamydia testing?

Men and women alike are susceptible to contracting chlamydia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are nearly 3 million new chlamydia infections annually in the United States. Two of the main reasons for this trend is that chlamydia comes with no symptoms and it spreads easily. Therefore, the best way to ensure your sexual health is to get tested. In particular, the CDC recommends chlamydia testing for all sexually active women 25 years old or younger. You should also consider chlamydia testing if you have had unprotected sex with a partner whose STD status you do not know or are uncertain about.

Does this gonorrhea test use blood or urine?

Our NAA gonorrhea test is a urine test. When you arrive at the testing center, the lab technician will collect a small sample for testing.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

Do not urinate at least one hour prior to arriving at the testing center. No other preparation is needed.

When is the right time to test for gonorrhea?

Everyone's body reacts differently to the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria, so there is no exact incubation time. It is recommended to wait at least 2 to 6 days after exposure to the disease before testing. This allows the bacteria to fully develop for easier, more accurate detection. If you are treated for gonorrhea, re-testing is recommended two weeks after completion to confirm that you are cured.

What will the gonorrhea test results say?

If your results are negative, there were no signs of a gonorrhea infection. If your results are positive, the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria was found in your urine. It is possible to test too early after being exposed to the infection. Testing is recommended at least 2 to 6 days after exposure to ensure accurate results.

Can gonorrhea be cured or treated?

Gonorrhea is curable and can be treated with antibiotics. If you test positive, our doctors are available for a free phone consultation to answer any questions you might have about your test results and available treatments. They can also prescribe medications to treat the gonorrhea infection at their discretion.

Who needs gonorrhea testing?

If you are sexually active, you are at risk of contracting gonorrhea. Untreated gonorrhea can cause permanent and serious health problems. Symptoms often include discharge, burning during urination, unusual sores, or rashes in the genital area. If you experience these symptoms you and your partner should get tested as soon as possible.