Getting Help and Treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends immediate testing for anyone who suspects a chlamydia or gonorrhea infection. It is important to abstain from having sex until you, and your partner(s), can be tested and appropriately treated.
Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections may not show any signs or symptoms – which means you may have an infection and not know it. Even if you do develop symptoms, they may appear in a few days to weeks after being infected.
Untreated STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea can have serious consequences, including infertility or sterility. To avoid re-infection, both you and your partner(s) should be treated for chlamydia and/or gonorrhea before returning to sexual activity.
Getting a STD test takes courage, but it’s an important first step in having responsible, safe sex. You may have to be just as brave in talking with your partner(s) about STD testing. It’s only natural to feel ashamed, angry or afraid – especially if you have a positive STD test result. Through honest communication you, and your partner(s), can talk about your STD test and encourage each other to get tested and treated – and to stay safe and healthy.
What if my STD test results are positive?
Positive results mean you may have a chlamydia and/or gonorrhea infection. You should contact your doctor or your local Health Department for treatment and follow-up. Identigene Test Consultants are available to help you find a local healthcare professional who can recommend treatment (usually antibiotics) and follow-up. Call 1-888-988-4STD (1-888-988-4783) M-F 9AM to 8PM ET or contact us via live chat or email.
What if my STD test results are negative?
Negative results mean that you may be free from chlamydia and/or gonorrhea. However, if you suspect a recent infection but get a negative result, consult with your doctor or your local Health Department. Abstaining from sexual activity and re-testing in 2 weeks may be appropriate. Contact us for help finding a local doctor or health clinic.
How accurate is an Identigene STD Test result?
Identigene uses a nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) method for chlamydia testing and gonorrhea testing; the most reliable test method for urine specimens. Not-withstanding the high accuracy of the test method, on rare occasions, false positive or false negative results can occur. See STD Test Specifications for more information regarding the capabilities and limitations of the STD test.