Compare - Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test (EW)

The Compare - Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test (EW) test contains 1 test with 2 biomarkers.

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Brief Description: The Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test is a diagnostic assessment that screens for two sexually transmitted infections (STIs): Chlamydia Trachomatis and Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. This test involves analyzing a urine sample to detect the presence of these bacterial pathogens.

Also Known As: Chlamydia Trachomatis Test, Chlamydia STD Test, GC Test, Neisseria Gonorrhoeae test, Gonorrhoeae test, gonorrhea and chlamydia test

Collection Method: Urine Collection

Specimen Type: Urine

Test Preparation: Urine specimens: The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen.

When and Why the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test May Be Ordered

Timing of the Test: The Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test is typically ordered during routine STI screenings, as part of pre-sexual activity health check-ups, or when individuals have specific symptoms or engage in risky sexual behavior.

Reasons for Ordering the Test:

  1. Routine STI Screening: Healthcare providers recommend this test as a routine part of STI screenings for sexually active individuals, including those with multiple partners or inconsistent condom use.

  2. Symptoms or Exposure: Individuals experiencing symptoms suggestive of Chlamydia or Gonorrhea (e.g., genital discharge, pain during urination) may undergo this test to confirm the presence of the infections.

  3. Partner Notification: If a sexual partner is diagnosed with Chlamydia or Gonorrhea, healthcare providers often recommend testing for the individual's current and previous sexual partners to prevent further spread.

  4. Preventive Health Check-ups: Some individuals may choose to undergo this test as part of a preventive health check-up before engaging in sexual activity with a new partner.

  5. Pregnancy Planning: For women planning to become pregnant, screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is crucial, as untreated infections can lead to complications during pregnancy.

What the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test Checks For

The Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test checks for the presence of two distinct bacterial pathogens:

  1. Chlamydia Trachomatis: Chlamydia is a bacterial STI that can infect the genital, rectal, and throat areas. Left untreated, it can lead to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and ectopic pregnancy.

  2. Neisseria Gonorrhoeae: Gonorrhea is another bacterial STI that primarily affects the genital and rectal areas. Untreated Gonorrhea can lead to serious complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and disseminated infections.

How Health Care Providers Use the Results of the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Test

Healthcare providers use the results of the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test to:

  1. Diagnose Infections: A positive test result indicates the presence of Chlamydia and/or Gonorrhea, enabling healthcare providers to diagnose these STIs accurately.

  2. Initiate Treatment: In the case of positive results, healthcare providers can promptly initiate appropriate antibiotic treatment to cure the infections and prevent complications.

  3. Partner Notification: Individuals with positive results are encouraged to notify their sexual partners so that they can also seek testing and treatment, ultimately reducing the spread of STIs.

  4. Pregnancy Planning: In pregnant women, a positive result prompts healthcare providers to initiate treatment to prevent complications and protect the health of the fetus.

  5. Preventive Counseling: Individuals with negative results may receive counseling on safe sexual practices, including the use of condoms and regular STI screenings, to reduce the risk of future infections.

In summary, the Chlamydia & Gonorrhea Urine Lab Test is a vital tool for screening and diagnosing Chlamydia and Gonorrhea infections. It helps healthcare providers initiate timely treatment, notify sexual partners, and provide preventive counseling to individuals. Early detection and treatment of these STIs are crucial for preventing complications and reducing transmission within the community.

We advise having your results reviewed by a licensed medical healthcare professional for proper interpretation of your results.

The following is a list of what is included in the item above. Click the test(s) below to view what biomarkers are measured along with an explanation of what the biomarker is measuring.

Also known as: ChlamydiaNeisseria gonorrhoeae RNA TMA, CT/GC APTIMA®, CT/GC TMA, CT/NG APTIMA®, CT/NG TMA, Hologic

Chlamydia Trachomatis

This test is looking for evidence of infection by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States. About 75% of infected women and 50% of infected men have no symptoms; some may experience only mild symptoms. For women, symptoms, if they occur, include bleeding between menstrual periods and after sexual intercourse, abdominal pain, painful intercourse, and an abnormal vaginal discharge. For men, symptoms include pus or milky discharge from the penis and inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) or of the rectal area (proctitis). Both sexes can experience painful or frequent urination.

Neisseria Gonorrhoeae

The test is looking for presence of the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae, which causes the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 700,000 people in the U.S. get new gonorrheal infections each year. While many men with gonorrhea will experience symptoms, most women do not, or will mistake gonorrhea symptoms for a bladder or other vaginal infection. For men, symptoms usually appear within 2 to 5 days of infection but can take up to 30 days. Women who experience symptoms usually do so within 10 days of infection.
*Process times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. The lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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