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Gonorrhea and Chlamydia: Pain-Free STD Urine Testing

November 22, 2011

Many people don’t want to get important STD testing [sexually-transmitted-diseases-testing] for gonorrhea and chlamydia because it usually involves sticking a cotton swab where they don’t want one! However you can get pain-free, non-invasive testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia through a urine sample.


Convenience, Privacy and Simplicity
All you have to do is order a STD testing online. For chlamydia and gonorrhea, you can get both separate and combined testing. In fact, purchasing the combined chlamydia and gonorrhea urine testing often gives you a cost savings. Although you can test at any time, it is recommended that you test once you’ve met the incubation period, which is typically a few days to a few weeks after contact.


Once you order the testing, you just:

•    Decide the day you want to go to one of our partnering labs found throughout country.
•    Refrain from cleansing the genital area one to two hours before specimen collection.
•    Hold your urine for two hours before specimen collection.
•    Go to the lab.
•    Collect the first catch of urine (only 20-30 ml) in the collection cup that you’re given.
•    Allow remaining urine to go into the toilet.
•    Leave your urine specimen with the lab.

Results of your test will be ready in one to three business days, and you can get your results online.


Why Get Tested?
Chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common form of sexually-transmitted diseases, and it often has no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, these may include genital pain and/or an abnormal discharge from the penis or vagina.
If left untreated, it can cause irreversible damage in both men and women. This includes infertility.


Gonorrhea
Gonorrhea is another sexually-transmitted disease that often has no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they may include pain or burning during urination for both men and women. Additionally, men could experience an abnormal discharge from the penis or painfully swollen testicles. Women could experience increased vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, or an infection that could be mistaken as a bladder infection.
 If left untreated, the gonorrhea infection can cause other problems throughout the body for both men and women, such as:
•    Fever
•    Cellulitis  (skin infection)
•    Sepsis (infection of the bloodstream)
•    Arthritis (inflammation of the joint)
•    Andocarditis (inflammation of the heart valves/chambers)
•    Meningitis (infection of brain and spinal cord fluid/tissues)

In addition, untreated gonorrhea can cause problems with fertility and/or lead to bladder cancer in men. For women, it can cause problems with fertility, pregnancy, and/or delivery.

When to Test?
If you have multiple partners, get tested after every partner whether or not you use condoms. If you are in a monogamous relationship, you should be tested once a year, even if you use condoms.
For women, you should know that chlamydia and gonorrhea testing is not automatically done with an annual pap smear.
Choose an online STD testing service that allows you to get gonorrhea testing, chlamydia testing or combined testing that is affordable, professional, confidential, convenient, pain-free and non-invasive at your convenience so that you are encouraged to stay on top of your sexual health. 


Resources:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia.htm
http://www.cdc.gov/std/gonorrhea/stdfact-gonorrhea.htm

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