The Oral Chlamydia Test and You
Have you ever performed oral sex? If that is that case, you should consider taking an oral chlamydia test.In this blog post, let’s explore the chlamydia symptoms and cases that often go undiscussed, unnoticed, and undiagnosed.
Chlamydia in the Throat: Ignorance is NOT Bliss
At the very least, most sexually active people have probably at least heard of this common infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention* (CDC), chlamydia is among one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). In fact, there were over 1.7 million cases of chlamydia reported in the United States during 2017.
The problem is that many folks simply don’t fully understand how this STI spreads. You see, chlamydia is one sexually transmitted infection that can not only infect your genitals, but can also infect your throat and rectum. When a person is infected in these areas, it is often referred to as an extragenital infection.
On the Lookout: What are the Symptoms of Oral Chlamydia?
Unfortunately, many infected people are completely unaware that they have the STI at all. This is because many oral chlamydia infections in the throat do not have any detectable symptoms. A person who has an oral chlamydia infection in their throat will have a difficult time determining their status without taking a specific oral chlamydia test. Therefore, cases of oral chlamydia are almost always asymptomatic. It is possible that a common sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, or low-grade fever may be indicators of the infection.
If you think those sounds like run-of-the-mill symptoms, you are not alone! That is why these symptoms are not reliable indicators. The only real way to diagnose this STI is by taking an oral chlamydia test. The thing is, oral chlamydia requires a special extragenital test in order for someone to discover their status.
An Oral Chlamydia Test to the Rescue!
As you’ve seen, a specific extragenital test is required for a true diagnosis. In fact, a “standard” STI test usually does not even include testing for those extragenital areas. This leads many folks to test for genital chlamydia, but unintentionally leave an infection in their throat or anus undiagnosed if there are also sexually active in participating in oral and anal sex. To remedy this problem, myLAB Box offers an oral chlamydia test that is designed for home use.
This three-site test detects chlamydia in all key areas. This includes the mouth, genital, and rectal regions. Even better, myLAB Box’s genital, oral, and rectal chlamydia test also screens for gonorrhea in all three sites. You can collect your sample at any time and in any place. It couldn’t be more convenient. In the end, the results are just as accurate as the results procured from any doctor’s office or clinic.
Here’s How it Works:
- Order an STI testing kit online. (You even get free shipping!)
- Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions.
- Send the sample off for testing. (More free shipping!)
- Receive your lab results online in just days.
For even more peace of mind, myLAB Box also offers combination packages. In fact, extragenital testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea is also available as part of myLAB Box’s Total Box. The Total Box is the most comprehensive test kit on the at-home market. It screens for the 14 most common infections using a single test kit. That’s far beyond a simple oral chlamydia test. So don’t hesitate, screen from the comfort of home today!
After all, if oral sex is part of your sex life, an oral chlamydia test is part of your sexual health!
Reviewed by Luis Ferdinand M. Papa, MD, MHA