Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are common sexually transmitted diseases (STD) that can infect both men and women. 

Chlamydia can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system.  This can make it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).  Anyone who has sex can get chlamydia through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. However, sexually active young people are at a higher risk of getting chlamydia.  This is due to behaviors and biological factors common among young people.  Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men are also at risk since chlamydia can spread through oral and anal sex.

Gonorrhea can cause infections in the genitals, rectum, and throat.  It is a very common infection, especially among young people ages 15-24 years.   Most men experience a burning sensation when urinating, a white, yellow, or green discharge from the penis, or painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common).  Most women with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms.  Even when a woman has symptoms, they are often mild and can be mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection.  Women with gonorrhea are at risk of developing serious complications from the infection, even if they don’t have any symptoms.

Diagnostic Immunology screens for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (CT/NG) concurrently using nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) to detect pathogen RNA in urine specimens.

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