Three reasons to have a Chlamydia test with Better2Know:
- Chlamydia often has no symptoms, therefore the only way to know if you are infected is to get tested
- Chlamydia can cause infertility, and other health complications, if not treated
- Better2Know's test results are the fastest available
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is Australia’s most common sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by a bacteria that lives as a parasite inside human cells. If left untreated, it can cause lasting health problems for both men and women. Without the correct diagnosis and treatment, Chlamydia can permanently damage sexual organs and cause infertility in women and reduced fertility in men.
Chlamydia is normally passed on through unprotected sexual activity with someone who has the infection. The bacteria can thrive in various parts of the body, including the penis, vagina, anus and throat, so unprotected contact with any of these areas could lead to infection.
It is often difficult to know if you have contracted Chlamydia. Around 75% of women and 50% of men do not have any symptoms or signs of any infection. For those people who do get symptoms, they can include:
- Pain or burning during sex and urination
- Genital discomfort and swelling
- Unusual discharge
- Bleeding between periods
Did You Know
Chlamydia is particularly prevalent amongst young men and women, with more than half of all cases in Australia occurring in the 15 to 25 age group. Read more.
Chlamydia testing with Better2Know is quick, painless and stress-free. Our comprehensive Chlamydia test requires a swab or urine sample, and can be taken individually or combined with other STI tests as part of a screen.
Chlamydia is curable, and is treated with a short course of antibiotics. Better2Know's doctors will be able to provide you with a prescription for the medication you need if you test positive.
If left untreated, Chlamydia can have a significant impact on your long-term health, potentially damaging sexual organs and affecting your fertility.
In women it can infect the cervix and urinary tract, and can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) if it reaches the fallopian tubes. Pregnant women should also get tested as the infection increases the risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery and, potentially, ectopic pregnancy. The baby could also suffer from eye infections or pneumonia if he or she is exposed during delivery.
In men, Chlamydia can also infect the urinary and genital tracts, resulting in discomfort, swelling or inflammation of the testicles. Chlamydia can also compromise a man's fertility.
Book your Chlamydia test
To book your Chlamydia test with Better2Know today, or to find out more about our other tests, clinics and services in Australia, contact our experienced team on the telephone number above. You can also choose to arrange your appointment online by selecting the Book Now button at the top of the page.