This test uses a urine sample to screen for Genital Chlamydia, a common bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact. Unlike a swab test, a urine collection is pain free and allows the patient to collect their own specimen in privacy.
Chlamydia is one of the most frequently reported STD’s in the United States with approximately 2.8 million cases annually. Chlamydia is often known as the “silent disease” because it frequently displays no symptoms. When symptoms do occur, the most common are abnormal discharge, burning during urination, sores, or a rash around the genital area.
Chlamydia testing is recommended for anyone who is sexually active or engages in high risk behavior regardless of whether they are currently experiencing symptoms. Pregnant women are encouraged to receive a Chlamydia test due to the risk of transmitting the infection during birth. Untreated Chlamydia infections may result in permanent damage to the reproductive system and an increased susceptibility to HIV.
Turnaround time for Chlamydia testing results is typically 1-3 business days.
The average incubation period for detection of Chlamydia infection is typically from a few days to a few weeks after a contact.
The Chlamydia test is a urine specimen with specific requirements. Client should withhold urination for at least 1-2 hours prior to specimen collection. Client should provide a first catch of urine, about 20-30 ml, from the initial stream into the collection cup and allow remainder of the stream to go into the toilet. Larger volumes may result in the dilution of the specimen and reduce sensitivity. Clients should not cleanse the genital area 1-2 hours prior to giving their urine specimen.Chlamydia Overview