Chlamydia: Latest Facts, Symptoms, Treatments, and Complications

How to Test for Chlamydia

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From the foregoing, it is clear that you might not know if you are infected with the chlamydia bacterium. You will only know by having laboratory tests.

There are diverse tests your doctor might advise to find out whether you have the infection. Currently, the major ones are nucleic acid amplification (NAA) tests, such as the DNA strand displacement amplification (SDA) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

A lab technician only needs a urine sample or swab to carry out a test. The swab could be from the vagina, penis tip, cervix, rectum, or throat.

It could be embarrassing for some people to seek testing for STIs. If you are one of such, you may use the STDCheck service, which has thousands of centers nationwide. It’s FDA-cleared NAA testing is discreet and results are usually ready in 1-2 days.

Chlamydia Treatment

Doctors typically treat chlamydia using oral antibiotics. The popular ones include azithromycin (Zithromax), doxycycline, and erythromycin.

It takes about a week for the infection to clear up with antibiotics. However, you should endeavor to complete the full course if the symptoms vanish earlier.

Women having advanced chlamydia infections may require intravenous antibiotics.

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