How to Read Chlamydia Test Results

ways to read Chlamydia test results

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STD). Reading test results at home is easy. You just need to take care of few things while reading your result.

It is mostly seen in the USA, Canada and UK.  If this infection is not treated properly then it can cause serious problems later on. Chlamydia test helps in diagnosing this infection. It occurs due to Anal Sex, oral sex, unprotected sex. Sometimes touching genital organs of partners also this transmits this infection.

ways to read Chlamydia test results

Requirement of Chlamydia test:-

Home Chlamydia test use person urine or a sample of body fluid to check whether Chlamydia bacteria are present and causing infection.  The best part of this test is that person does not need to undress or swab.  Before giving test person is not required to fast.

Various Tests to Check Chlamydia Infection:-

  1. Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT): – This test accuracy rate is 100%. This test helps in identifying Chlamydia bacteria. In this test, genetic material which is basically DNA of Chlamydia bacteria is found.  This test is a most trusted test and if it shows positive result then it is sure that patient is serving from this Chlamydia infection.  This test can be done on both body fluid and urine sample. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test is an example of this test.
  2. Chlamydia culture: – In this test a culture which is a special cup allows chlamydia bacteria to grow. This test usually takes a longer time to give results. It gives result in 5 to 7 days. This test must be done is a lab with high accuracy.

Symptoms of Chlamydia:-

Chlamydia testing is usually also done when a person’s sex partner has been diagnosed with chlamydia or he/she is showing following symptoms:-

In women, following symptoms are seen:-

  • Bleeding between menstrual periods and after sexual intercourse
  • Abdominal pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful and sometimes frequent urination
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

 

In men following Chlamydia symptoms are seen:-

  • Pus or milky discharge from the penis
  • Painful and sometimes frequent urination
  • Pain, tenderness, and swelling of the testicles

Some precaution patient should take before giving this test. They should not urinate 2 hours before a urine sample is collected for this test. Women should not use vaginal creams or medicine 24 hours before giving this test.

How to interpret chlamydia test results?

Lab test results may be positive, negative or in some case inconclusive. A positive test result means the infection is there and the person is suffering from Chlamydia infections.  So the person should go for treatment as advised by the doctor. Negative test interprets bacteria is not found and he/she is normal. Sometimes it also means that bacteria are at a very low amount and impact of it is not seen. But if there will be an increment in that then only it will start impacting. Sometimes test result gives inconclusive results. It happens when test result does not clearly indicate whether it is positive or negative.

How to Conclude Chlamydia Test Result?

There is a very slight chance of false test result. NAAT accuracy result is almost 100% whereas for Chlamydia culture it is 80%. This test is very necessary to be conducted because it gives accurate results. A person should conduct this test in identified lab only and certified person should see the result. An impact of this infection is huge at later stages. So, diagnosis of this is necessary so that person does not suffer from this infection later and it is easy to curb it at earlier stages later on it becomes difficult to curb its impact.

This is how, you can read your Chlamydia Test result without any doctor guideline. However, I would suggest you to consult doctor to get proper guideline.

2 thoughts on “How to Read Chlamydia Test Results”

  1. Hello i did a blood test at a local lab in my country and got back the results but dont understand it the results were clamydia IgG 1.8
    Chlamydia IgM 1.5
    What does that mean positive or negitive?

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