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Chlamydia Urine Test - More Information
This chlamydia test, sometimes known as a Chlamydia trachomatis urine test and a Chlamydia trachomatis RNA TMA test, checks for a chlamydia urine infection.
Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacteria that causes a chlamydia infection. Chlamydia infections are easily spread from person to person via sexual contact. Chlamydia infections can result in no symptoms (asymptomatic) or symptoms such as urethral burning, pelvic pain and discharge. Undiagnosed or untreated chlamydia infections can lead to more severe complications in the reproductive organs.
People at risk for chlamydia have had sexual relations with an infected person or have unprotected sex with multiple partners. People in new relationships also often get chlamydia testing before having sex. In addition to being transmitted via sexual contact, a chlamydia infection can also be transmitted from a mother to her baby during childbirth. As a result, pregnant women should get chlamydia testing throughout their pregnancy, particularly if there is any concern of being at a higher risk of exposure.
The chlamydia test is also recommended who may have been exposed to a chlamydia infection, people with concerning symptoms, and sexual partners of people with concerning symptoms. Additionally, sexually active women should get routine chlamydia urine testing. Because chlamydia and gonorrhea infections frequently occur together, it is highly recommended that people get a gonorrhea test when getting a chlamydia test, often done simultaneously through the chlamydia & gonorrhea test panel. For routine STD screening (and especially when starting a new relationship), some people opt for the more comprehensive STD testing panel which includes testing of other common sexually transmitted infections.
This particular chlamydia urine test uses a laboratory process known as transcription mediated amplification (TMA). Using TMA, the laboratory can replicated a specific segment of the RNA of the C. trachomatis bacteria and amplify its presence for easy detection. As a result, this Chlamydia trachomatis RNA TMA test is highly sensitive for detecting a chlamydia infection when present.
To get a chlamydia test near you, simply order online and get tested at the Quest Diagnostics lab that you selected. Once your chlamydia lab report is ready, it will be available for download. Chlamydia lab results are available in a handful of business days (depending on the specific lab location). Referencing the sample chlamydia lab report we have provided above, the chlamydia test result says "Not Detected" indicating that no Chlamydia trachomatis RNA was found using the sensitive TMA process.
Chlamydia is a treatable infection. Treatment involves a course of common antibiotics and most infections resolve without further complications. All sexual partners should be treated as well when a chlamydia infection has been diagnosed.
Statistically chlamydia is a highly reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Unfortunately, more unreported cases exist due to lack of reporting or the absence of symptoms. In 2016, the CDC received almost 1.6 million reports of chlamydia infections in the US which translates to almost 500 cases per 100,000 people. Reported chlamydia cases are highest in adolescents and young adults aged 15-24.
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