Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Nearly 3 million Americans, typically between the ages of 14 and 24, contract the infection every year. If you’re sexually active, it’s important to recognize your risk of sexually transmitted infections and diseases and make sure you’re practicing safe sex and getting tested regularly.
Why Should I Order a Chlamydia Test?
The thought of getting tested for chlamydia can be scary, but the possibility of letting the infection go untreated and unknowingly passing it to others is even scarier. Getting tested regularly is part of being a responsible, sexually active adult and taking care of your health and your partners’. Chlamydia is curable with medicine, so you risk nothing by getting tested.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force especially recommends testing for sexually active women under the age of 24, women over the age of 24 with high-risk sexual behaviors and pregnant women in their first trimester (and again in the third trimester). Even if you see a gynecologist regularly, STD testing isn’t always a part of the exam; you have to ask your doctor or nurse for it, so don’t assume you’ve been tested if you’ve been to the gynecologist recently.
The sooner you know whether or not you have chlamydia, the sooner you can start treatment if you do have it, which prevents the infection from causing other health issues.
What Are the Symptoms of Chlamydia?
Most people infected with chlamydia are asymptomatic, meaning there’s no way to physically tell that you have the infection. Sometimes, symptoms are present, but are so mild that most people don’t notice them. Symptoms can sometimes develop several weeks after initially contracting the infection. When chlamydia is symptomatic, it can often look like other common STDs like gonorrhea, so testing is the only way to know which infection you have and how to properly treat it.
Though they aren’t common, when symptoms do present, they typically involve the genitalia and can include:
- Pain or burning while urinating
- Pain during sex
- Lower abdomen, lower back or pelvic pain
- Abnormal vaginal or penile discharge
- Vaginal bleeding or spotting between periods
- Vaginal itching or burning
- Painful periods
- Sore throat
- Eye inflammation
- Testicular pain or swelling
- Pain, discharge or bleeding from the rectum
How Long Should I Wait Before Getting Tested?
Chlamydia can take up to three days to incubate after initial contact with the bacteria occurs, so we recommend that you wait five days before getting tested. Testing before the infection’s incubation phase is complete can result in an inaccurate test outcome. We also recommend that, in the event that your test result is positive, you get tested again two weeks after completing treatment to make sure that infection has been cured. If you become pregnant, we recommend getting tested in your first and third trimesters.
What Are the Benefits of a Chlamydia Test?
Getting tested for chlamydia is the only way to know if you have the infection or not, and without knowing if you have the infection, you can’t begin treatment. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to damage of the fallopian tubes or infertility. It can also increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and premature births, and the infection can be passed from mother to child during childbirth and cause eye infections, blindness or pneumonia in the baby. Untreated chlamydia in men can cause infections of the rectum, urethra or epididymis, which is the tube that carries sperm away from the testes.
At Priority STD Testing, we promise to make the testing process as convenient as possible. As soon as you decide to get tested, you can order a chlamydia testing panel online or by calling one of our care counselors. The process is anonymous, and our care counselors are trained to answer any questions you might have regarding the infection or the testing process. After making you an appointment at a local testing center, all you have to do is show up, give a sample and leave. No one else at the testing center will know what you’re being tested for, and you can expect to be in and out in less than 15 minutes.
With Priority STD Testing, we simplify not only the testing process, but the associated costs. Instead of paying to go to a clinic, urgent care center or a doctor, you can get tested for chlamydia through Priority STD Testing for only $89, and if necessary, we can call a prescription for treatment into a local pharmacy for a small fee. At Priority STD Testing, we accept payment in the form of credit cards, debit cards, health savings account cards and gift cards issued by major credit card companies. We do not accept any form of private or federal health insurance in order to prevent your test results from being reported to your insurance company.
Peace of Mind
Priority STD Testing’s priority is to make the testing process as painless as possible. Thinking you may have an STD is stressful enough. We don’t want stress and anxiety related to any aspect of the testing process to prevent you from getting tested, because we know that the best way to set your mind at ease is to get tested and know for sure if you’ve been infected. We strive to make our process simple, quick and affordable so you can get back to living your life as normal.
How Do I Order a Chlamydia Test?
You can order chlamydia testing through Priority STD Testing either online or over the phone. Phone orders are placed with our care counselors, who are trained to walk you through the process and answer any questions you might have. If you’re sure of which test you want and don’t need counseling, you can order your chlamydia testing online. When ordering online, you’ll select a convenient testing center near you, request the specific test and complete payment. After completing the test, results are processed within 24 to 72 hours and you can retrieve your results by calling Priority STD Testing. In order to protect your privacy, we will not send results to you without you contacting us first.