Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It can be easily treated with antibiotics if caught early. However, chlamydia often has no symptoms, making it difficult to know if you have it without getting tested. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease in women and infertility in men.
In this quick guide, we will cover how to test for chlamydia in men so that you can take control of your sexual health.
Understanding the Different Types of Tests
There are two main types of tests used to detect chlamydia:
- Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests
- Urine tests
Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests
NAATs are currently the most accurate way to detect chlamydia infections in both men and women. This test detects the genetic material of the bacteria that causes chlamydia.
Many clinics offer NAAT testing through a urine sample or a swab from the urethra or rectum.
Urine tests are also commonly used to detect a chlamydial infection in men, but they tend not to be as accurate as NAAT tests. .
Where Can I Get Tested?
If you think you may have been exposed to chlamydia or another STI, your first step should be getting tested. There are several options available for getting tested:
- Your doctor
- Sexual health clinics
- Community Health Clinic
- Online services
Pro Tip: Some STD testing sites offer same-day appointments so you can get tested at your convenience!
Preparing for Your Test
To ensure an accurate test result, it’s important to follow these guidelines:
- Avoid urinating for 1-2 hours before the test
- If you are using a swab test, avoid inserting anything into your urethra for at least 24 hours prior
The Testing Process
For a urine test, you will be given a sterile container to collect your sample. Be sure to provide the first part of your stream.
Pro Tip: It is important that you make an extra effort to eliminate any potential contaminants from entering the urine specimen after collection.
If you require swab testing due to possible rectal or oral exposure, your doctor or health practitioner may use one of two methods:
- Your doctor may insert cotton-tipped swabs through the head opening and leave them in place briefly then withdraw and place within container provided.
- Oral testing can also be done by use of culture plates which are rubbed over areas which were patted down with no rinse mouthwash prior.
Pro Tip: These types of tests can be uncomfortable but try not worry too much as medical practitioners facilitate this process every day!
Q: Does chlamydia have symptoms?
A: Unfortunately, chlamydia often has no symptoms making it difficult to know if someone is infected.
Q: How long does it take for chlamydia symptoms to appear?
A: Symptoms usually appear between one and three weeks after being exposed to Chlamydia.
Q:Can I get reinfected with chlamydia?
A Yes! You can get reinfected even if you were treated successfully for a previous infection.
Taking Action After Positive Diagnosis
If your test comes back positive, don’t panic – Chlamydia is treatable! It’s essential that start antibiotic treatment immediately. Also-
- Refrain from sexual activity until treatment is complete
- Test your partner to prevent reinfection or transmission
If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to serious health problems so it’s essential that you take action quickly.
In summary, if you think you may have been exposed to chlamydia or another STI, getting tested is key! If the results come back positive, don’t worry – swift treatment will help manage a very common infection.
Pro Tip: Don’t put off testing because of concern for what others may think. Sexual healthcare should be viewed no differently than any other form of healthcare – it’s just responsible behavior that benefits yourself and those around you!