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How soon after infection is it worth testing for chlamydia?

Published 2024-01-14 23:54 by Nordictest
How soon after infection is it worth testing for chlamydia?

If you are worried that you may have been infected with chlamydia, it can be difficult to wait to get tested. You want to know right away, but it is essential to take it slow. It takes seven days for the chlamydia bacteria to infect, and the infection cannot be detected until this has occurred.

So, the quick answer to the question of how soon after infection you can test for chlamydia is seven days after exposure. But there are other factors that will affect whether you get an accurate test result or not. This applies whether it is chlamydia in the throat or in the genital area.

For example, you should not test for chlamydia during intercourse or when you are menstruating. So, if you suspect that you were infected seven days ago and now have your period, you should wait to test until it is over.

How long should you wait to test for chlamydia?

The general recommendation is to wait at least 1-2 weeks after potential exposure. Seven days is just an estimate, and it may take a few days longer for the infection to show up on a test.

What is required to test is that the body has developed measurable levels of bacteria or antibodies. It does not necessarily involve having symptoms. Many people who are infected do not have symptoms but can still transmit the infection. Therefore, you should test if you suspect you may have been exposed to infection.

The risk of testing too early

Chlamydia tests can be performed with a urine sample or a direct swab in the infected area, such as the throat, cervix, urethra, or rectum. Testing too early after exposure can result in a false negative test result.

In other words, the test does not detect the infection even though you have been infected and can now transmit the infection.

Can I be infected with chlamydia even if I have no symptoms?

Chlamydia is known to often be asymptomatic, meaning without symptoms. Because of this, chlamydia is one of the least reported sexually transmitted diseases, which can lead to problems as it can be transmitted to others without any symptoms.

When you suspect you may have been exposed to the infection, there is no reason to wait for symptoms to appear. They may never show up. Instead, it is recommended to take a test at home about 2 weeks after the suspected exposure. Then you can see if you are carrying the infection or not.

You should be aware that untreated chlamydia can lead to health problems even if there are no symptoms. This is especially important for women to be aware of. Untreated chlamydia infection can lead to infertility as well as pelvic inflammatory disease.

So, if you have multiple sexual partners and are at risk of infection, it is important to test regularly even if there are no symptoms.

How does our chlamydia test work?

With us, you can take a rapid chlamydia test that provides results in 5-10 minutes. Our chlamydia tests are suitable for both men and women and are at least 98% reliable. You can choose a package with multiple tests so that you can retest if you suspect you tested too early.

To test yourself, follow these steps:

  • Read the instructions in our test kit carefully
  • Thoroughly wash your hands
  • Make sure all the components you need for the test are in place and ready to use

Then, you will use the test swab to collect material from the area you want to test. You will perform the test step by step, including inserting the swab into the test tube, where you squeeze and rotate it.

Finally, you will drop 3 drops of your test mixed with the fluids provided in the test kit onto the small test panel, which has a round hole for this purpose. You do not need to wait more than 15 minutes to get the test result.

If you have contracted chlamydia

If you are worried about being infected with chlamydia, consider the possibility of ordering a chlamydia test as well as testing for other sexually transmitted diseases. We have smart kits that include multiple tests. In fact, sexually transmitted infections often occur together, so it's not a bad idea to test for several if you think you've been exposed to one of them.

When you suspect you have been infected with chlamydia, it is important to avoid sexual activity until you know for sure whether you are carrying the infection or not. A positive test result also means that you need treatment to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection.

According to the Communicable Diseases Act, you must contact healthcare if you receive a positive test result, even if you have no symptoms. This is also a recommendation we give to anyone with symptoms.

It's not just about the risk of infecting others. When you test positive, you may experience significant anxiety. In that case, it's essential to get in touch with a healthcare provider who can provide you with the right guidance and support. Nowadays, you don't need to make an appointment at the healthcare center. You can get in touch via the internet and mobile phone. This is quick and easy and also makes it less awkward to discuss the issue with a doctor or nurse.