Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases that is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia Trachomatis. Chlamydia often does not show any symptoms but, even if asymptotic, it can still be transmitted sexually. Symptoms appear after one to three weeks of getting infected.
Common symptoms can be painful periods, bleeding between periods, abdominal pain and fever, pain during intercourse, itching and also pain when urinating. Chlamydia is diagnosed with a swab test from the urethra in men and from a woman’s cervix. Chlamydia can also be tested through a urine sample. Chlamydia spreads through anal, vaginal or oral sex, and it can get transmitted from mother to a baby during childbirth. Antibiotics are usually used to treat Chlamydia.
A sexually active individual can be infected with Chlamydia. Chlamydia is more common in younger people. Two thirds of newly infected are in ages in between 15-24.
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Bring all reagents and specimens to room temperature. Open the sealed pouch and remove the test strip from the foil pouch and place on a clean, dry surface.
Two female endocervical swabs (not provided) are needed for female endocervical specimen collection. The first swab is used to remove the extra mucus from the exocervix area that is discarded. The second unused swab is inserted into the endo-cervical canal so that most of the swab is not visible. Rotate the swab around 15 seconds to 20 seconds. Take the swab out carefully and avoid contaminating the specimen with the vaginal surface.
Male penile swab (not provided) is inserted into the penises urethra around 2 cm to 4 cm and hold it inside after rotation for 3 to 5 seconds. Carefully remove the swab whilst trying to avoid contact with external surfaces.
Chlamydia test kit should be stored at 2°C to 30°C and it can be used for around 2 years after the production. For the exact date, check the expiration date that is printed on the package. Mind to only open the test just before using it.
- Do not use after the expiration date;
- Do not use test if pouch is damaged;
- Humidity and temperature can adversely affect results;
- The used test should be discarded according to local regulations;
- Wear protective clothing .