Urine chlamydia tests and gonorrhea tests are a lot more pleasant than urethral or cervical swabs and are quickly becoming standard practice. Information on sexually transmitted infections specifically for women. Read about gender specific symptoms, prevention and tests. Many sexually transmitted diseases can be diagnosed using a blood sample. These tests are often combined with urine samples or swabs of infected tissue for more accurate diagnoses.
That means you can pass chlamydia to sexual partners without knowing it. In fact, about 75% of infections in women and 50% in men have no symptoms. If you don’t treat it, chlamydia can cause serious complications. If you’re sexually active, getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases/infections is crucial to your overall health.
Teens and those under 25 are especially at risk for contracting STDs but anyone who is sexually active is at risk. Everyone who is sexually active (even if you’ve only ever had one partner and always use protection) should be screened at some point. We recommend an HIV test for everyone who is sexually active.
Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the US. While gonorrhea can be treated successfully, delay in treatment can result in serious medical complications.
There are no exact recommended times or tests that we recommend for everyone. These testing recommendations depend on your lifestyle and risk level. Have an honest and open talk with your health care provider. Ask whether you should be tested for chlamydia or other STDs. If you are a sexually active woman younger than 25 years, you should get a test for chlamydia every year.
If you are an older woman with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has an STD, you should get a test for chlamydia every year. Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men; as well as pregnant women should also get tested for chlamydia. Though these terms are often used interchangeably, they don’t actually mean exactly the same thing. Urine testing for sexually transmitted diseases is becoming increasingly available. These days, several STDs can be detected using urine testing.
We also suggest women obtain a test for gonorrhea and chlamydia, because, unlike men, they frequently harbor these infections without developing symptoms. Keep in mind that if you’re practicing safe sex and are in a monogamous relationship, you can get tested less frequently. Getting a screening test means that we look for an infection when you may not have any symptoms. Just like you get a mammogram, or screen for colon cancer, it’s also important to screen for sexually transmitted infections .
You may also be surprised to learn that many STIs have no symptoms—so those infected may be unaware that they are spreading the disease to others. The most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States are HPV, chlamydia and gonorrhea. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. This infection is easily spread because it often causes no symptoms.