Discreetly Test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
Caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia is very common and easily cured.
Caused by bacteria known as Neisseria gonorrhoeae, gonorrhea is common and can be cured.
How does a chlamydia and gonorrhea test work?
Screening for chlamydia and gonorrhea can be done at home or at a clinic. A sample of urine is typically sent to a laboratory, which checks the urine for chlamydia and gonorrhea DNA. (An oral and/or rectal swab can also be used to check for infections in the throat or rectum.) If you are using the Everlywell at-home test, you’ll receive secure, online results just a few days after the lab receives your sample.
Learn more: How to test for gonorrhea
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).
However this may not accurately reflect the total number of infected individuals, as most people with these infections have no symptoms and go untested. These bacterial infections are spread through sexual intercourse (including vaginal, anal, and oral sex). This test will not be able to tell you the specific site of the infection, but will detect the infection if present.
Pregnant women with an active gonorrhea or chlamydia infection at the time of vaginal delivery can spread the infection directly to their children during birth. All sexually active women under age 25 and women over age 25 with risk factors for contracting chlamydia or gonorrhea should get tested every year: risk factors include unprotected sex, new sexual partners, or multiple sexual partners. Men at risk for chlamydia or gonorrhea should get tested each year, and more often as needed: risk factors include having sex with a partner who has chlamydia or gonorrhea, men who have sex with men, unprotected sexual intercourse, and multiple sex partners.
This test will, with >99% accuracy, tell you whether or not you have been infected with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea.
Like any Everlywell STI test, our at-home Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Test is delivered in discreet packaging and taken in the privacy of your own home. Once you return your test sample to our lab and your sample is processed, you’ll be notified via email when your results are ready. You will then be able to access your results through an easy-to-understand report on our secure online platform.
This at-home gonorrhea and chlamydia test checks whether you test positive for gonorrhea or chlamydia.
In the event that your test results are positive, a board-certified physician in your state will contact you at no additional cost to discuss your particular case, and when appropriate, prescribe medication.
We take customer privacy very seriously, and only you will have access to this information. As is the case with all STD testing - whether through Everlywell at-home tests or your healthcare provider – we may be required by law to report positive test results to certain state health departments. This is only done to track the prevalence of a sexually transmitted disease. In rare cases you may not receive a definitive result because of early infection or inadequate sampling and repeat testing is suggested. Don’t take a chance on your sexual health. Know where you stand with our at-home Chlamydia & Gonorrhea test. You can also take our at-home STD Test for men or our STD Test for women.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea are examples of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STIs), that can affect sexually active women and men. They are the most commonly reported STDs in the United States. Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing can help you detect these STDs before they cause serious health issues for you or your partner—like infertility.
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that’s caused by an infection from a bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is about twice as common in women than in men, and most often affects women in the 15–24 age range.
A chlamydial infection usually doesn’t cause symptoms for women, but it can lead to inflammation in the cervix or urethra. Ultimately, in up to 15% of untreated chlamydia infections in women, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) develops—which can result in infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and tubal pregnancy (also called an extrauterine pregnancy).
In men, chlamydia is likewise rarely accompanied by symptoms—and it can cause inflammation of the urethra and testicles.
Because a chlamydia infection often comes without obvious signs and symptoms, the only way to know for sure is by taking a chlamydia test.
How to test for chlamydia
You can use an at-home chlamydia test or get tested at a clinic. A chlamydia test kit like the Everlywell test requires a urine sample you collect with materials included with the kit. You then send the sample to a lab (shipping is free) and get secure, online results a few days later. Screening at a clinic may require a urine sample or oral and/or rectal samples collected with a swab (which can help determine the part of your body that’s infected). How you get your results will depend on the clinic you go to.
Here’s how to test for chlamydia at home using the Everlywell Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test kit:
- Register your kit online. Use the unique ID included inside your kit and go to www.everlywell.com/register. Write your date of birth and the sample collection date on the transport tube provided by the kit.
- Collect your sample by urinating into the specimen collection cup that’s included with the kit.
- Use the pipette to place the sample into a transport tube, and put the tube into the biohazard bag (which keeps the sample safe on its way to the lab).
- Place the bag into the shipping envelope (also included inside the kit), apply the prepaid shipping label, and place your envelope in the mail. Your sample will then arrive at a laboratory, where it will be analyzed for chlamydia and gonorrhea.
- Just days later, you’ll be notified that your results are ready. You can privately view your results online on our secure platform.
Taking a chlamydia test at home is a great way to skip the trip to your doctor’s office (or the local clinic)—and, instead, check for chlamydial infections from the comfort and privacy of your home.
Treatment for chlamydia and gonorrhea can be done through antibiotics once diagnosed. Ask your healthcare provider about re-testing after completing the antibiotics course to ensure you don’t have the infection anymore.
What is gonorrhea?
Gonorrhea is caused by Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria. Gonorrhea can increase the risk of contracting HIV, and symptoms can include inflammation of the cervix and urethra. Gonorrhea infection rates are nearly equal among women and men.
In women, gonorrhea often occurs without symptoms—but an untreated gonorrhea infection can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause serious issues for women's health (like infertility and chronic pelvic pain). That’s why routine gonorrhea testing is so important: the CDC recommends that all sexually active women under the age of 25 get tested for gonorrhea—as well as chlamydia—every year.
In men, gonorrhea can cause symptoms like painful urination, genital swelling, and testicular pain.
How does this at-home gonorrhea and chlamydia test work?
This gonorrhea and chlamydia at-home test is a urine test — so a vaginal swab or blood sample is not required. To take the test, simply urinate in a collection cup and place your sample in the mail. We’ll send your sample to one of the labs we use for testing (a prepaid shipping label is included within the kit).
The lab will then use molecular testing technology that can identify the DNA of gonorrhea and chlamydia in your sample. This type of testing, known as nucleic acid amplification, is usually more accurate than other methods of gonorrhea and chlamydia testing (that rely on microscopes, for example).
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