Chlamydia - Common but Detectable!
Sexual health is an essential part of overall physical and mental well-being. However, it's an aspect that people may shy away from discussing, particularly when it comes to sexually transmitted infections or STIs. One such common STI that has been on the rise in recent years is Chlamydia. Studies have shown that Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STI among sexually active individuals aged 15 to 24 years. Fortunately, the most effective method for diagnosing Chlamydia in both men and women is through DNA swabs. This blog discusses all you need to know about Chlamydia testing by DNA swab.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is an STI caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium. It's primarily transmitted through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal or oral sex. Chlamydia is known as the 'silent' infection because there might not be any noticeable symptoms, so many people may not realize that they are infected. When symptoms do occur, they can include discomfort during sex, irregular discharge, or painful urination. However, some cases may go untreated, leading to serious health concerns, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and chronic pain.
What is DNA swab testing?
A DNA swab is a type of testing done to detect chlamydia and other STIs. The swab sample is then sent to a laboratory where it's tested for the presence of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA. The test is fast, highly sensitive and accurate, and can detect the infection before the onset of clinical symptoms.
Who should get tested for Chlamydia?
The common reccommendation is for yearly Chlamydia screening for all sexually active individuals aged 25 and younger. However, those above 25 years of age who have multiple recent or new sexual partners, or have a history of STIs, should also get tested yearly. Additionally, pregnant women should get screened for Chlamydia during their first prenatal visit and again during their third trimester if the infection is detected.
How do you prepare for a DNA swab test?
Preparing for a DNA swab test is easy. There are no special steps to take, and you can carry on with your usual routine. You may find it more comfortable to test when you are not menstruating.
Available as part of the Vaginal Microbiome Test by Blue Horizon
Chlamydia is a treatable STI, but early detection is crucial to prevent complications that might arise if the infection is left untreated. DNA swab testing for Chlamydia has made it easier to detect the infection early, even before the onset of symptoms. Currently it is tested for free with every Vaginal Microbiome Test. If you're sexually active, getting tested yearly for Chlamydia is essential to maintaining your sexual wellness and overall health. It's a responsible step towards protecting yourself and your partner(s) from the infection. So, go ahead and order your all inclusive swab test today!