Common STD Test
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are three common STDs that can infect both men and women. However, most infected individuals do not show any symptoms. Take this at-home STD test to find out if you may need treatment.
Collection Method: Urine
Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are easily diagnosed and treated
Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are usually spread from person to person during vaginal, anal, and oral sex. Three of the most common STDs are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. Although these three STDs are quite common, a lot of infected people do not show any symptoms, and are unaware that they have an STD and can pass the disease to others. Without treatment, these STDs can lead to serious health complications. However, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are easy to test for and can be effectively treated. Get tested today in the privacy of your own home.
Why consider this test?
You should consider getting tested if:
- You are sexually active
- You have had unprotected sex
- You are entering a new relationship
- You are experiencing symptoms of an STD
- You have had a partner with an STD
If you suspect that you have been exposed to chlamydia, gonorrhea, or trichomoniasis, be aware that there is a “window period” of around two weeks where laboratory assays are unable to detect the bacteria that cause chlamydia and gonorrhea, and a “window period” of around 3-6 weeks where laboratory assays are unable to detect the protozoa that causes trichomoniasis.
Symptoms of Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis
Symptoms in Females
Increased urinary frequency
Rectal pain, swelling & bleeding
Symptoms in Males
Testicular pain & swelling
Increased urinary frequency
Rectal pain, swelling & bleeding
What's included in this test?
Chlamydia is an STD caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It’s the most commonly reported bacterial infection worldwide. Approximately 60% of new chlamydia infections occur in individuals aged between 15 and 24 years, with reported chlamydia rates in females being approximately two times the rate among males.
Chlamydia is diagnosed by nucleic acid amplification testing of vaginal swabs or urine specimens. Fortunately, chlamydia can be effectively treated with antibiotics. However, reinfections can occur through sexual contact with an infected partner, posing a risk of serious reproductive health complications.
Gonorrhea is another common STD caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In women, this infection can impact the cervix, uterus, and fallopian tubes, while in men, it primarily affects the urethra. It can also infect the mucous membranes of the mouth, eyes, and rectum.
Gonorrhea is typically diagnosed through nucleic acid amplification testing of vaginal swabs or urine samples. Gonorrhea is curable with dual antibiotic therapy. However, similar to chlamydia, repeat infections are common following sexual contact with an infected partner, increasing the risk of serious reproductive health complications.
Trichomoniasis is caused by a protozoan parasite called Trichomonas vaginalis. Infections occur in the lower genital tract, vulva, vagina, cervix, and urethra of women. The inside of the penis (urethra) is the most commonly infected body part of men. Most individuals infected with trichomoniasis remain asymptomatic, with only approximately 30% of infected individuals showing symptoms.
Trichomoniasis infections are associated with an increased risk of contracting other STDs, including a two to three-fold increased risk of HIV. Pregnant women with trichomoniasis have an increased risk of premature rupture of membranes, preterm delivery and giving birth to an infant with a low birth weight. Trichomoniasis is also associated with an increased risk of the transmission of HIV from an HIV-positive mother to her child.
Trichomoniasis is diagnosed by nucleic acid amplification testing of vaginal swabs or urine specimens. It is easily cured with antibiotics; however reinfections can occur after treatment through subsequent sexual contact with an infected partner.
How it works
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How does the Common STD Test work?
Collect a urine sample using the provided cup and transfer it into the sample vial. Mail this to our lab using the prepaid envelope. At the laboratory, we use a highly-sensitive molecular testing technique known as nucleic acid amplification testing (NAAT), that detects the presence of bacterial DNA. NAAT tests are the most sensitive and can be performed rapidly.
Why should I get tested?
Testing is essential as these STDs are common, especially among 15-24 year olds. Many people don’t show symptoms, so testing is important to find out if you’re infected. arly detection ensures effective treatment and prevents health complications.
Is re-infection possible after treatment?
Yes. Successful treatment cures the current infection, but you can get reinfected if exposed again.
What should I do if my test is positive?
If you receive a positive result, contact a healthcare professional immediately to start treatment. Follow your healthcare provider’s treatment recommendations and inform your sexual partners so they can also get tested and treated if necessary.
How are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis treated?
Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis
These infections are commonly treated with antibiotics. The specific type and length of antibiotic treatment can vary depending on the individual and the severity of the infection. It's important for both the infected individual and their sexual partners to undergo treatment to prevent re-infection, and they should abstain from sexual activity until the infection is fully resolved.
Early diagnosis and consistent adherence to treatment are essential for effectively managing these infections. Please note that these are general guidelines, and the specific treatment for an individual will depend on their overall health, the stage of the disease, and other factors. Therefore, it's important to consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice. Also, remember to complete the entire course of prescribed medication, even if symptoms improve before finishing the treatment.
How can I prevent these STDs?
To reduce your risk of contracting these STDs, consider the following preventive measures:
- Practice Abstinence: The surest way to prevent these STDs is to abstain from or delay sexual activity.
- Get Regularly Tested: Regular testing is especially important if you have multiple partners or engage in high-risk behaviors. Early detection through tests can lead to timely treatment.
- Use Condoms Correctly: Condoms are effective in reducing the risk of STD transmission when used properly during every sexual encounter.
- Limit Sexual Partners: Reducing the number of sexual partners can decrease your risk of exposure to STDs.
- Mutual Monogamy: Being in a mutually monogamous relationship where both partners have been tested and know their STD status can significantly reduce risk.
- Avoid Sharing Needles: Never share needles, syringes, or other injecting equipment.
How common are chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis?
In the United States, chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis are three of the most common sexually transmitted infections. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 1.6 million reported chlamydia cases in 2021, marking a 4.1% increase from 2020. Gonorrhea cases surpassed 700,000 in 2021, which is a 28% increase since 2017. For trichomoniasis, there were an estimated 2.6 million infections in 2018. The prevalence of trichomoniasis is 2.1% among women aged 14-59 and 0.5% among men, based on a national survey conducted from 2013-2016.
Are false-negative and false-positive results possible?
A negative result does not completely exclude the possibility of an infection. False-negative results might occur if the test is taken too early after exposure (aka during the "window period"), as the organism levels might be below the sensitivity of the assay. Improper specimen collection can impact the accuracy of the test. Concurrent antibiotic therapy might suppress the detectable level of the causative organism, leading to a false-negative. The presence of inhibitors in the test sample can also interfere with the accurate detection of the organism.
False-positive results, although rare, are still possible. They may occur shortly after successful antimicrobial therapy for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis, as the test might still detect remnants of the organisms