What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can be passed from one person to another through unprotected sex. It can cause symptoms such as discharge from the penis or vagina, however almost 70% of people who have the infection show no symptoms. This can be a big problem because not only will Chlamydia be spread further in the meantime, but it can also cause further health problems.
Left untreated, Chlamydia can cause infertility by reducing sperm count or damaging the fallopian tubes, so it’s important you are regularly tested and treat the infection if it occurs.
Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium, meaning that the infection is easily curable with antibiotics. Because it’s so common (especially among young people), it’s important to not only treat Chlamydia, but to prevent it too. Although there are plenty of options for protecting against pregnancy, condoms are really the only way to protect against STI’s.
How does the Chlamydia Test Kit work?
The Chlamydia bacteria lives inside the penis or vagina, so after collecting a sample from one of the two areas, the test can use this to determine if the bacteria is present. The test kit is over 95% accurate, meaning that you can rely on it to deliver trustworthy results.
How do I use the Chlamydia Test Kit?
The test kit contains everything you will need to carry out the test quickly and easily. Always ensure to read the instructions before you begin, as not following them properly can invalidate the test.
For women, remove the swab from the sterile packaging and then insert into the vaginal opening. You should go in about 3cm, until the tip is no longer visible, and then swirl the swab around in circular motion for 15-20 seconds. Withdraw the swab and place in the test tube.
For men, start by removing the swab from the sterile packaging. You may be able to complete the test in one of two different ways, depending on whether or not you’re showing symptoms. If you have noticed a penile discharge then you can collect the sample by dispensing some onto the swab. If you have not noticed a discharge then you will need to insert the swab into your urethra and rotate 3 times. Once you have collected a sample, place the swab in the test tube.
Next, open up the bottle containing Reagent A and remove the swab from the test tube (ensuring it doesn’t touch anything). Add 8 drops of Reagent A to the test tube and then place the swab back in, rotating for 2 minutes to mix. Then add 8 drops of Reagent B and rotate for 1 minute to mix, then remove the swab and discard, leaving the test liquid in the tube.
Using the pipette, draw up the test solution and squeeze 3 drops into the test cassette. Wait for precisely 10 minutes and then read the results.