Chlamydia Infection in Throat
Can you get a chlamydia infection in your throat? You absolutely can. In fact, it’s more likely to happen than you may think.
You see, chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United States. Unfortunately, most people don’t consider the possibility that they can get an infection anywhere but the genital region. After reading today’s blog, you won’t wonder “can you get a chlamydia infection in your throat?” anymore. You’ll have clear answers and learn how to test yourself using one of myLAB Box’s home testing kits.
Can You Get a Chlamydia Infection in Your Throat?
As we’ve said, the answer to this question is “yes.” As you’ll see, chlamydia can be detected in your genitals, throat or rectal regions. The area where you become infected is often linked to your sexual activity. For example, it is possible to catch oral chlamydia through performing oral sex on a partner who is carrying a genital infection. In the reverse example, if you are infected with throat chlamydia, you can spread the infection to your partner’s genitals.
On a positive note: chlamydia is usually not a difficult infection to clear up. The only real trick is that you need to know you are infected first. Otherwise, you won’t be able to begin treatment. Of course, the only way to truly know is to be tested.
To make matters worse, oral chlamydia infections in the throat very often don’t show easily detectable symptoms.. When there are symptoms, you may have a sore throat. If you want to know for sure, you’ll need to specifically screen for the infection.
Oral Chlamydia Symptoms may include:
- Sore throat
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Low-grade fever
Testing for Oral Chlamydia
Now, for a genital-only case, a standard chlamydia test should be all you need. But for the oral or rectal varieties, you’ll need a special test. These are considered an extragenital infection. In this case, you’ll need an extragenital test. To be clear, anyone who engages in oral and / or anal sex should get additional testing. Fortunately, myLAB Box has you covered.
You see, a genital-only exam only searches one region. The genitals, obviously. Our extragenital testing kits are designed to test all three regions at once. Put simply, this is a three-site test kit.
Using myLAB Box’s Extragenital test kit also comes with an added “bonus.” Lucky for you, all of myLAB Box’s chlamydia tests, including this three-site test, also screens for gonorrhea. At myLAB Box, we bundle these tests because these two particular infections are sometimes found lurking together.
Additionally, they can be mistaken for one another. By testing for both at once, it makes the testing process clearer and makes it easier for you to get the results that you need.
It’s Never Been More Convenient to Take Control of Your Health
Order your extragenital testing kit online. While you’re there, be sure to check the wide variety of testing options available on myLABbox.com. For instance, the Extragenital test is also included in myLAB Box’s Total Box as well. This comprehensive combination test kit screens for 14 infections at once. All you need is one sample set. Whichever testing options you choose will arrive at your door in discreet packaging. Testing can be completed in just five minutes at any time and from any place. Send your sample back to the lab in the pre-paid return envelope that comes with your kit. Before you know it, you’ll get an email informing you that your lab-certified results are available via the secure user portal.
So can you get a chlamydia infection in your throat? Sure… but as you’ve learned, screening from the comfort of home is easy. Don’t stress, just test!
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA