CHLAMYDIA QUICK TEST
Get a rapid test for the Chlamydia Trachomatis bacteria:
We carry out this test by means of a urethral exudate: a sample is taken directly from the urethra for analysis, the results are obtained in 20 minutes and you can come to our center WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
Novelty : Currently we have the possibility of performing a high sensitivity and greater specificity test without the need to perform a urethral exudate, but using a urine sample: PCR . In this case, the results are obtained in 90 minutes, being able to be provided by email in case of not being able to wait in consultation. The window period is reduced to just 48/72 hours of exposure to the bacteria . When the infection is asymptomatic, it is the recommended test to detect Chlamydia.
The test can be performed on the rectum, genitals and oropharynx .
Do not hesitate to take the test and ensure your health and that of those around you.
What is chlamydia?
It is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis. You can get chlamydia during oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected person. Both men and women can have it.
Chlamydia does not usually cause symptoms . But when they do occur, they can appear as a burning sensation when urinating or an abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis.
If it is not diagnosed or treated in time, it can progress and cause serious health problems in the short and long term.
Some of the complications that it can cause are:
- Pelvic inflammatory disease: One of the most serious complications in women is pelvic inflammatory disease. This disease can be the result of an uncared for chlamydia infection. It affects the womb and fallopian tubes and can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb), or chronic abdominal pain. Symptoms can be lower abdominal pain, low back pain, fever, vaginal bleeding or leakage between menstrual cycles, pain during intercourse, and increased vaginal discharge.
- Epididymitis: In principle, complications of chlamydial infection in men are rare. One of these complications is epididymitis, which can be the result of an uncared for chlamydial infection that affects the testicles. Epididymitis can cause pain and inflammation of the scrotal bag as a sign of inflammation of a part of the testicle called the epididymis. It is usually very painful and when it affects both testicles it can cause infertility in men.
- Other complications: In some cases, genital chlamydial infection can cause arthritis (joint pain and inflammation), which may be accompanied by a skin rash and inflammation of the eyes and urethra (Reiter’s syndrome)..
Treatment consists of antibiotics. The proper use of latex condoms (condoms) greatly reduces the risk of contracting or spreading the infection although it does not eliminate the risk entirely. Experts recommend that women under the age of 25 who are sexually active get tested for chlamydia every year.
NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Generalitat of Catalunya (gencat.cat)