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Chlamydia home test kit
- Chlamydia antigen-test which tests the presence of the chlamydia bacteria
- High quality with ISO certification
- Easy to use
- Result in 15 minutes
- Discrete & Fast shipping across Australia
- For Men & Women
What is the iCare Chlamydia Home Test Kit?
The iCARE Chlamydia home test is a rapid immuno-chromatographic test for the visual detection of Chlamydia trachoma antigen in either endocervical swab or urine specimens. This test adopts the double antibody sandwich method. When it is necessary to add exactly four drops of the specimen to the sample properly, the specimen is absorbed into the device by capillary action, mixes with the antibody dye conjugate, and flows across the pre-coated membrane.
When the Chlamydia trachoma antigen level is at or above the target limit (test detection limit), the Chlamydia trachoma antigen in the specimen binds to the antibody dye conjugate and is captured by the immobilized monoclonal antibody in the test region (T) of the device. This produces a colored test band and shows a positive result.
If the Chlamydia trachoma antigen level is zero or below the target threshold, no colored bands are visible in the test region (T) of the device, which is negative.
To function as a procedure control, a colored line will appear in the Control area (C), if the test has been carried out correctly.
When should I have the Chlamydia test?
Do not delay the test if you think you may have Chlamydia. Being diagnosed and treated as soon as possible will reduce your risk of developing serious complications of Chlamydia.
You can get a Chlamydia test at any time – although you may be advised to repeat the test later if you have had it less than 2 weeks since sex because the infection may not always be found at an early stage.
You should consider having a Chlamydia test if:
- You or your partner have symptoms of Chlamydia
- You have had unprotected sex with a new partner
- The condom splits when you have sex
- You or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people
- You think you can get a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
- sexual partners tell you they have an STI
- You are pregnant or planning a pregnancy
If you are under 25 years of age and sexually active, getting tested every year or when you change partners is recommended because you are more likely to get Chlamydia.
If you have Chlamydia, you may be offered more tests about 3 months after being treated. This is because young adults who test positive for Chlamydia are at a higher risk of contracting it again.
What if I test positive for Chlamydia?
If your test result is positive from the Chlamydia home testing kit, you should visit your doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible to get treatment for you and your sexual partner, as well as any additional testing you may need.
General Information About Chlamydia
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Many people don’t notice the symptoms of chlamydia and it’s very easy to pass it on during unprotected sex. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated it can cause serious long-term problems, including infertility.
The most commonly seen Chlamydia symptoms
You may not have Chlamydia symptoms at first, which is why it is so easy for it to spread to other people without knowing it.
After one to two weeks of exposure, you may start to see signs of infection. Symptoms may include:
Symptoms of chlamydia in women
- Painful period
- Pain during sex
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Fever accompanied by abdominal pain
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain when urinating
- itching or burning around the vagina
Symptoms of chlamydia in men
- Painful urination
- Small amounts of cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis
- Burning feeling around the opening of the penis
- Swelling and pain near the testicles
Is There a Cure for Chlamydia?
Yes, Chlamydia can be cured with the right antibiotics.
What Happens If I’m Not Treated?
The initial damage caused by chlamydia often goes unnoticed. However, Chlamydia can cause serious health problems.
If you are a woman, untreated Chlamydia can spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes (the tubes that carry a fertilized egg from the ovary to the uterus), causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID often has no symptoms; however, some women may experience abdominal and pelvic pain. Although PID doesn’t cause symptoms at first, it can cause permanent damage to your reproductive system and lead to long-term pelvic pain, the inability to get pregnant, and the possibility of a deadly ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb).
Men rarely have health problems associated with Chlamydia. However, sometimes the infection spreads to the ducts that carry sperm from the testicles, causing pain and fever. Untreated chlamydia can also increase your chances of contracting or transmitting the HIV-infected virus.