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About Our Chlamydia, Urine Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This urine test checks for Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted bacterial infection.
Chlamydia is a common bacterial STD that is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is often asymptomatic—as many as 75% of women and 50% of men do not have symptoms, which is part of why it is so easily spread. The incubation period for chlamydia is 1 to 5 days after exposure, so testing is recommended as soon as this time-frame has passed.
Untreated chlamydia can lead to ectopic pregnancy or pelvic inflammatory disease in women which can cause infertility. In men, untreated chlamydia can cause an cause a condition called nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) in the epididymis, urethra or rectum. Mothers can pass the infection on to their babies during childbirth, which can cause eye infections, blindness or pneumonia to the baby.
Gonorrhea, another common sexually transmitted disease, often occurs together with chlamydia, so it is wise to get tested for both of these infections.
Symptoms of can chlamydia include:
- Painful urination
- Itching and burning in/around vagina or penis
- Bleeding between periods/painful periods
- Women may experience pain during intercourse
- Small amounts of clear/cloudy discharge from penis
- Abnormal vaginal discharge (may have odor)
- Premature childbirth