It is important for people who are sexually active to be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea regularly. While these two diseases are easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics, they account for the most commonly reported new cases of STDs in the United States, and they often occur together.
While many people will get tested when symptoms begin to cause concern, there are many others who may be carriers for the chlamydia and gonorrhea bacteria and not even know it. That is why getting routinely tested can be so important to your health, as well as the health of your sexual partners. The more information you have about your health, the better you can be at staying healthy.
While it can no doubt be unnerving to get tested, there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about when ordering a chlamydia and gonorrhea panel. In fact, it is one of the most responsible things you can do. That is why, at Priority STD Testing, we make sure to provide convenient and anonymous testing, so you can be proactive about your health, and the health of others, without anyone needing to know.
Why Should I Order a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Panel?
Getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea is about protecting the health of you and those you care about. While both of these STDs are easily cured with a round of antibiotics, they can develop into some nasty complications if left untreated. That is not something you would wish on yourself or your sexual partners, so getting tested makes sure that you (and others) can get any treatment that might be necessary.
Unfortunately, many people put off testing until they develop symptoms. It’s only natural: Why would you seek testing for something when you’re not displaying any symptoms? The problem with this perspective is that chlamydia and gonorrhea can both be asymptomatic (for both men and women) for a very long time. That means you could still be carrying the infection and spreading it without even knowing that you are infected. If you’re pregnant, you could risk an ectopic pregnancy or passing the infection on to your child, which could cause eye infections, blindness or pneumonia in the baby. Untreated chlamydia can also lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility. If gonorrhea is untreated and spreads to the joints or blood, it can be deadly. That is why routine testing can be so important. It can help you nip sexually transmitted diseases in the bud before they develop into anything more serious.
What Are the Symptoms of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?
As we mentioned earlier, one of the most common symptoms for chlamydia and gonorrhea is having no symptoms whatsoever. Of course, these STDs can develop further, manifesting some telltale signs that something is wrong and that some kind of sexually transmitted infection may be present.
While there is more you can learn about chlamydia symptoms, as well as symptoms for gonorrhea, here are a few of the most common symptoms for each.
Common Symptoms of Chlamydia
- Abnormal penile/vaginal discharge
- Painful urination
- Pain, discharge, or bleeding from rectum
- Eye inflammation
Common Symptoms of Gonorrhea
- Painful urination
- Bloody, yellowish or watery green vaginal discharge
- Yellow-ish or green-ish discharge from the penis
- Pain, discharge, or bleeding from the rectum
- Eye inflammation
How Long Should I Wait Before Getting Tested?
For the most accurate results, Priority STD Testing recommends waiting three days after exposure to chlamydia and four days after exposure to gonorrhea before being tested. These first few days are typically the incubation period for each disease, so it’s best to wait until the incubation period has passed before moving forward with testing in order to ensure an accurate result.
It is also recommended that you get tested again between two weeks and one month after receiving your test results for maximum accuracy. This can be particularly helpful when confirming that treatment was successful and the STD has been cleared from your body.
What Are the Benefits of a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Panel?
By having a panel done for both chlamydia and gonorrhea, you can easily test for two of the most common STDs in one. Not only are you being tested for two of the most common STDs in the United States, you’re being tested for the two STDs that most commonly occur together. With Priority STD Testing, as soon as you order your test panel, we’ll set up an appointment for you at your local lab. Most patients complete the test screening in less than 15 minutes.
With Priority STD Testing, you save money by bundling the chlamydia and gonorrhea panel into one. While tests for each of these specific STDs will cost $89, the twin panel for testing both is only $129. The only other way to test for both of these STDs through Priority STD Testing is to pay for the 10 panel test, which is $198 and tests for 10 commonly reported STDs, including chlamydia and gonorrhea. With our chlamydia and gonorrhea panel, you can save money while still getting tested for the two most common STDs.
Peace of Mind
Both gonorrhea and chlamydia can lead to serious health issues for you and others if left untreated. Getting tested can put your mind at ease or get you started on a course of treatment if your test returns a positive result. Rest easy knowing that you’re free and clear or that you took care of the infection before it had a chance to do you any serious harm.
How Do I Order a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Panel?
With Priority STD Testing, you can order your chlamydia and gonorrhea testing either online or over the phone. The process is completely confidential, and our care counselors can help you better understand your options and find the lab nearest you.
If you are ready to order your chlamydia and gonorrhea test today or would like to speak with a care counselor, select one of the tests below or call 1-888-211-2365.