When people go for either a Chlamydia test or a Gonorrhea test, they always go for a combined “Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test.”
The main reason for that is that both the tests are quite similar. Additionally, Chlamydia symptoms are very similar to Gonorrhea symptoms, so it’s only wise to test for both infections together to ascertain the exact type of infection.
This test is called the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test or NAAT. Both Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are caused by bacteria. When somebody is infected with these bacteria, there’s supposed to be the presence of the bacteria in the urine sample.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test Window Period is generally 3 to 7 days. It means 3 to 7 days after the infection period the detection of the individual bacteria can be done positively. In most of the cases people come for a test much after that, but if you’re not among them then it’s better that you wait for at least 7 to 10 days.
The NAAT test carries out an amplification of the DNA of the bacteria and detects it in case there’s a trace of the infection-causing bacteria. In case of Chlamydia, it’s Chlamydia trachomatis and in Gonorrhea, it’s the Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria.
It’s the most accurate test available as on date for both of these bacteria, so it’s called the “Gold Standard” for both of these tests. The accuracy is 99.99% in both cases. It’s widely used in both doctors’ offices and hospitals, across the country.
The NAAT test is also referred as urine Chlamydia test or urine gonorrhea test because the test sample is primarily urine. In case of women, an additional swab of the vagina is collected for additional safety. Taking a Chlamydia test or a Gonorrhea test is no longer painful or embarrassing. The collection of the sample takes hardly any time. As there’s no needle penetration, there’s no pain.
For a Nucleic Acid Amplification Test, no blood sample is collected. Let’s be very clear about that. Many people avoid these tests for the sake of fear of a needle penetration.
Now, there are 2 ways you can submit a sample. You can either visit a nearby test lab or you can opt for a home STD testing kit.
In the first case, you can a visit one of the 4000+ labs which is close to your home. It may at most take 15 to 20 minutes drive to reach the lab but you can submit the sample on the same day. The tests are completely anonymous so no one knows why you are there.
In the second case, you receive a sample collection kit at your home by post. All the instructions for sample collection are enclosed inside the kit, so there are no hassles. Now, in your convenience, you can collect the samples and re-seal the kit as directed and post it at the post office. Never drop these sample boxes into the mailboxes.
Recommendations: Chlamydia and gonorrhea test
- Always opt for a Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test together. They are more reliable and cheaper when carried out together.
- Refrain from urinating an hour before submitting your sample. The first urine of the day at the morning is considered the best.
- Prefer a lab test to a test kit; the former is fast and the best.
- Never worry about the privacy of the tests. They’re 100% private.
- It’s recommended once every year for all sexually active adults.