I just took a chlamydia test that I ordered online. I haven’t gotten the results yet but will update this article when I do. I was experiencing some of the symptoms and it was starting to freak me out. That’s why I decided to test myself. I just want to know my status so I can get treatment or stop freaking out.
Why I Prefer To Use A Chlamydia Home Test
I think it’s common knowledge at this point that our medical industry here in America is corrupt. While it’s unfathomable that any doctor would purposefully give you chlamydia or generate a false positive test just to make money, there are odd stories on the internet. Maybe all of these stories are false, who knows.
There are just so many stories about people mysteriously getting chlamydia after visiting their doctor even though they hadn’t had any new partners and their long-time partner tested negative. Some of the test results have been false positives and others have actually started displaying symptoms shortly after visiting the doctor. Click here to read some of them for yourself.
I would never accuse the industry as a whole of anything like this, but apparently it happens from time to time. This is all circumstantial and speculative until proven, so keep that in mind. Not everything read on the internet is factual. With that said, these stories are enough to scare me away from lab tests and to use home chlamydia tests. Cross contamination is virtually impossible with home tests if they’re manufactured and shipped from a different location than the lab.
What Is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (1). The chlamydia bacterium, much like gonorrhea, lives inside your cells.
Once your body catches wind of the infection, it will send white blood cells to the rescue. As the white blood cells try to contain and eliminate the chlamydia infection, they’ll cause inflammation and pain in the infected area
Eventually cells will start to die. As they die, they sometimes will drip out of your urethra. This is why you may see puss seething out of your urethra. The puss is actually a combination of bacteria and dead cells. As the chlamydia infection spreads and kills more cells, it can lead to irreversible health issues.
How Is Chlamydia Transmitted
Chlamydia is highly contagious and easily spread through unprotected anal, vaginal, and oral sex.
You are much less likely to contract chlamydia if you wear a condom. Condoms don’t have a 100% success rate at stopping STIs but they’re most effective against stopping STIs that are spread through genital fluids, like chlamydia.
You can infect other areas of your body simply by touching them after touching the infected area. If you touch your infected genitalia, then touch your eye you can spread chlamydia to your eye (2).
Sadly enough, you can also give it to an infant during child birth.
- clear or puss-like discharge from urethra (penis or vagina)
- burning pain when urinating
- itchy, discharging, painful, or bleeding anus
- discharge coming from your eye(s)
- swelling in your testicles
Unfortunately, 70% of men and 90% of women who have chlamydia won’t display any symptoms (3). That’s why the CDC recommends all sexually active people with new partners to get tested at least once a year. These symptoms also can be mistaken for gonorrhea symptoms since they are so much alike. Even through the symptoms of gonorrhea and chlamydia are nearly identical, the treatment is different so you definitely want to test for both if you are having these symptoms.
How To Test For Chlamydia
To test for chlamydia you should provide a bio sample from your urethra, throat, and anus. The test can be conducted in a clinic, doctor’s office, or with an at home chlamydia test kit.
You only need to test the areas where you’ve been sexually active. If you do not engage in anal sex or butt play, you don’t need to test your rectum. But if you or anyone else has touched your anus after touching their genitals, then you should do the anal chlamydia test as well. Of course, if you engage in oral sex, then you should do the oral chlamydia test too. The urine or urethra swab is the standard test which anyone who participates in vaginal sex should consider doing.
If you only test one area for chlamydia, you may get a false negative which can be devastating. Getting a false negative test result could mean you spread chlamydia to tens more people, possibly preventing several people from having kids, including yourself. It’s definitely best to test all of the areas you’re active in, even if that just means your genitalia.