Chlamydia Test FAQ
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Chlamydia Urine Test - More Information
This chlamydia test, sometimes known as a Chlamydia trachomatis urine test, checks for a chlamydia infection in the urine.
Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacteria that causes a chlamydia infection. Chlamydia is the more reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States and 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.
Chlamydia is transmitted by any form of sexual contact and can also be transmitted from a mother to her baby during childbirth. People with a C. trachomatis infection often have no symptoms. When symptoms are present, they usually consist of burning while urinating, abnormal discharge, and pelvic pain. Undiagnosed or untreated chlamydia infections can lead to more severe complications in the reproductive organs.
The CDC recommends chlamydia testing for anyone with concerning symptoms and their sexual partners. Additionally, sexually active women should get routine testing and pregnant women should be screened throughout their pregnancy, particularly if there is any concern of being at a higher risk of exposure. Because chlamydia and gonorrhea infections frequently occur together, it is highly recommended that people get a gonorrhea test when getting a chlamydia test through the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test panel. For routine screening (and especially when starting a new relationship), some people get the more comprehensive STD testing panel to include testing of other common sexually transmitted infections before engaging in sexual activity.
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 test is highly sensitive for detecting a chlamydia infection when present.
After getting a chlamydia test at a lab near you, 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.
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