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Chlamydia Pneumoniae IgM Antibody, Serum

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Chlamydia/GC STD Panel

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Why get tested?

To screen and diagnose a chlamydia infection.

When to get tested?

The test is used to screen and diagnose a chlamydia infection. Screening: In women, a screening test is done once a year in sexually active and women younger than age 25, women at increased risk for STD (sexually transmitted disease). In men, testing is recommended once a year if they have sex with other men. Diagnosis: When there are symptoms of STD ( pain during urination, vaginal discharge and abdominal pain in women or unusual discharge from the penis, pain on urination or painful, swollen testicles in men. This test is also done when a newborn has conjunctivitis.

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How is it used
Chlamydia testing is done to screen, diagnose and to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of infection. Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and can result in serious complications if untreated. Screening, diagnosing and treating chlamydia prevents complications and the spread of the infection. Testing for Chlamydia and Neisseria gonorrhoeae is done simultaneously as both have similar signs and symptoms. As both infections require different antibiotic treatment, a definitive diagnosis is important. Repeat testing is done after three months of treatment to monitor its effectiveness. The nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) is the recommended test for chlamydia. NAAT detects the DNA of Chlamydia. NAAT is more sensitive and specific than other tests. It can be performed on a vaginal swab or urine. An additional test for Chlamydia includes culture, direct fluorescent antibody stain (DFA), and DNA probe.


1) What is the prevention of Chlamydia infection?

Abstain from oral, vaginal and anal sex, usage of condoms to reduce the risk of infection with chlamydia and other STDs.

2) How is chlamydia treated?

Antibiotics can treat the infection but sometimes permanent damage can occur. The person is advised to refrain from having sex until completion of treatment.

3) Is reinfection possible?

Yes, reinfection is possible if there is exposure.

4) Is it important to reveal the partner about your Chlamydia infection?

Yes, so that the partner can get tested, treated and prevent the infection.