Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis, common among young sexually active individuals between 15-24 years of age. It spreads through vaginal, oral, or anal sex with an infected individual and often shows no symptoms. Undetected or untreated Chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory diseases (PIDs), ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and increased risk of HIV. However, it is curable if detected at an initial stage.
Gonorrhea is prevalent among young individuals between 15-24 years of age. It is a bacterial infection caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae and targets your throat, genitals, and rectum. Like most STDs, it spreads through sexual contact with an infected individual. If not treated on time, it can also lead to pelvic inflammatory diseases (PIDs), ectopic pregnancy, infertility, and increased risk of HIV.
STIs often show no noticeable symptoms and go undetected or untreated.
In fact, 70-80% of women never know that they have Gonorrhea or Chlamydia!
In such a scenario, the only way to rule out the possibility of an STI is through regular screening.
CDC recommends every sexually active woman undergo a screening test for STDs once a year. Females with multiple sex partners should get tested as often as 3-6 months.
The majority of symptoms in females infected with Chlamydia & Gonorrhea never appear. But when they show up, these symptoms can be difficult to comprehend.
Therefore, a screening test can help you get definite answers about your sexual health & well-being, especially if you are experiencing:
- Painful sex
- Itching or burning around the vagina
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Vaginal bleeding between periods
- Sore throat & fever
- Strong urge to urinate
- Lower abdominal pain
Chlamydia & Gonorrhea are curable when detected on time. But if neglected, the resulting consequences are far worse than their symptoms!
When not detected and treated on time, bacterial STIs can directly impact your sexual and reproductive health, causing:
- Pelvic inflammatory diseases
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Scarring of urethra
- Chronic pelvic pain.
Pregnant women can acquire Chlamydia or Gonorrhea throughout pregnancy, leading to preterm labor, premature rupture of fetal membranes, and low newborn birth weight.
The baby may also get exposed to these STIs during birth and acquire eye or lung infections.
CDC recommends all pregnant women undergo a screening test for Chlamydia & Gonorrhea regularly, especially in the first trimester.
A negative test indicates no infection at the time of the test. However, it is crucial to ensure your sexual well-being no matter how healthy you feel and take the test yearly as recommended by CDC & ACOG. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are curable when detected on time, making regular screening a must!
A positive test indicates the presence of active Chlamydia or Gonorrhea infection. These bacterial STIs are curable with timely treatment. If left untreated, these infections can lead to various health issues such as PID, ectopic pregnancy, infertility, HIV, and more.
If your results are positive, you can:
Speak to our Health Expert : Get in touch with our in-house Health Expert to get guidance on possible treatment and the best way forward.
Treatment : Chlamydia & Gonorrhea are curable, given the treatment starts on time. Consult your physician to get guidance on appropriate treatment for your condition.
Repeat Testing: Take a test again once you have completed the course of your treatment.
Partner Testing: Your partner(s) should get tested and treated for Chlmaydia & Gonorrhea in order to avoid reinfection.
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Chlamydia and gonorrhea are examples of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can affect sexually active men and women. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are caused by the bacterias Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae respectively. They are the most commonly reported STDs and often co-exist. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing can help you detect these STDs before they cause serious health issues for you or your partner—like infertility, PIDs(Pelvic Inflammatory Disease), ectopic pregnancy, and pelvic pain.
It is estimated that millions of people are affected by Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women
Symptoms of Chlamydia in Men
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Women
Symptoms of Gonorrhea in Men
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can only be transmitted via sexual contact, including oral and anal sex. An infection in one site on the body can be transferred to a different site (oral infection transferred to a partner's genitals through oral sex, etc.).
The incubation period for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea differs from person to person. On an average, symptoms of Chlamydia/Gonorrhea will appear within one to three weeks of initial exposure to the bacteria. It can take several months for symptoms to appear. If you know you have been exposed to Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, take your first test after seven days.
f ignored or remain undetected, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can have serious effects on men’s as well as women’s health and can lead to the complications like:
Any sexually active person is at risk of developing chlamydia and gonorrhea infection. Young women aged 15-24 are the highest risk group for chlamydia. Also, roughly 70% of Gonorrhea infections are among persons between the ages of 15 and 24. Men who have sex with men are at higher risk of getting this infection.
Chlamydia is known to cause early delivery. It can also give the child conjunctivitis and pneumonia. The best way to prevent this is to test and treat during pregnancy so that the mother is not infected when the child is born
Pregnant women infected with Gonorrhea are more likely to have a premature delivery or stillbirth. The infection can pass to the baby during childbirth, resulting in blindness, joint infection, and potentially life-threatening blood infection. If an infant is infected with Gonorrhea from the cervix during delivery, symptoms will typically appear in 2-5 days.
Yes, most of the time Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections are symptomless. Both conditions are curable if detected early. That's why regular screening is important no matter how healthy you feel.
In case you have a history of any other STDs, we recommend you consult your doctor as it is better to go for regular screening follow-ups in person with your doctor in order to ensure there is no recurrence.
This test screens for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea which are common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and can affect sexually active women and men. Note this test helps rule out the Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infection in the genital or urinary part only.
Each year there are approximately 1.5 million cases of Chlamydia and 350,000 cases of Gonorrhea reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The test detects the infection accurately which means the infection is Chlamydia or Gonorrhea or both because they often coexist which is caused by two different bacterial species Chlamydia Trachomatis and Neisseria Gonorrhoeae respectively
CDC recommends yearly Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening for all sexually active men and women. Those who have multiple partners should be tested more frequently (every 3 to 6 months).
If you order this at-home testing kit, your sample will be sent to LifeCell laboratories for processing. LifeCell is a CAP and NABL accredited lab in India. Our screening would evaluate the sample processing at its highest level of accreditations.
We recommend waiting for at least 2 days before your period ends. This is to ensure accurate and timely results. Because the lab’s ability to detect Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections in the sample provided may get hampered because of the blood.
In order to collect your vaginal swab sample, click here to watch the video and collect the sample from the comfort of your home.
After the sample collection, pack the collection tube in a biohazard bag and then place it inside the kit box. You can keep the kit containing the sample at room temperature. You can then log in to your dashboard and schedule at-home sample pick-up. You can arrange a same-day pick-up (Monday- Saturday) before 11:00 AM.
Since weekend shipping is not operated by our logistics partner, the sample will take more time to reach us. Hence we suggest that you plan your collection between Monday through Friday.
When your kit arrives you may not be able to use it right away. Instead, you can place it at room temperature. We recommend leaving your kit somewhere in view so that you're reminded to do it. Also, after collecting your sample, we recommend you place a request to dispatch your kit and until then you can place your kit at room temperature.
Yes, LifeCell provides you with the sample pick-up service. Login to your dashboard and schedule at-home sample pick-up You can arrange a same-day pick-up (Monday- Saturday) before 11:00 AM.
We recommend you consult or follow up with your doctor before you take this test. The at-home Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test must be done carefully during the 1st trimester.
You will receive your Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test report within 2 working days after the sample reaches the lab.
You can access your Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test report anytime anywhere through your personalized dashboard once the results are available. You can also download and print your report anytime in the future by logging in to your dashboard using your login credentials.
Your Chlamydia and Gonorrhea report will give you insight into your sexual health - whether you are infected with Chlamydia and Gonorrhea or not. The Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infection is curable and the physician generally recommends treatment with a course of antibiotics which can be taken orally (by mouth). If left untreated, it can lead to various health issues such as PID, Infertility, etc.
Positive test indicates the presence of active infection of Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. The Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infection is curable and the physician generally recommends treatment with a course of antibiotics which can be taken orally (by mouth). If left untreated, it can lead to various health issues such as PID, Infertility, etc.
Negative test indicates that there is no infection at the time of the test but it is important to keep a check and take the test yearly as recommended by CDC & ACOG. It is curable, if detected early. And that’s why regular screening is important; no matter how healthy you feel.
Reinfection is possible after treatment for anyone who comes into sexual contact with an infected person. The CDC recommends retesting 3 months after a positive diagnosis even if your partner has been tested and treated. It is important to tell your partner if you have the infection so that they can be tested and treated. This will also help protect both parties from reinfection following treatment.
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