Chlamydia Testing and Treatment in NYC for Men and Women
Chlamydia Testing: What You Need to Know
How Do Women Get Infected with Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is sexually transmitted and can infect both males and females. Many people with chlamydia remain symptom-free and do not know they have the infection. Women can get chlamydia through unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected partner. Chlamydia can also live in other moist, warm areas of the body such as the throat and rectum. A pregnant woman can pass the infection on to her baby during delivery.
How Can One Protect Against Chlamydia Infection?
The only foolproof way to avoid a chlamydia infection is to abstain from sex – this is obviously not a practical option for most women. Using protection (condoms) can reduce (but not completely eliminate) the risk of getting chlamydia from an infected partner. Being in a monogamous relationship also reduces risk – women with multiple sex partners are at higher risk of chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. Routine testing at least once a year can prevent complications of untreated chlamydia.
Symptoms of Chlamydia in Women
Many women with chlamydia infection may not realize they are infected because they feel and look perfectly healthy. Symptoms, when present, include:
- Discomfort or burning with urination
- Urgency and frequency of urination
- Blood in the urine
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
- Abdominal and pelvic pain
It is important for all sexually active women to undergo at least once-yearly testing for sexually transmitted diseases including chlamydia. Untreated chlamydia can lead to a number of serious complications including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, and premature birth in pregnant women. Newborn infants who contract chlamydia from their mothers during delivery are at risk of pneumonia and eye damage.
Chlamydia Treatment in Women
Chlamydia is caused by bacteria and can be cured with antibiotics. The treatment is either a single oral dose or an extended 7-day treatment. The most common antibiotics used to treat chlamydia are azithromycin and doxycycline, which are up to 98 percent effective.
To avoid spreading the infection to partners, women should abstain from sex for 7 days after completing the treatment. Treatment failure can occur if both partners are not treated simultaneously; re-infection can occur from the untreated partner even after antibiotic therapy.
It is worth noting that antibiotic treatment for chlamydia does not protect against infections in the future. It’s a good idea to practice safe sex, i.e., use condoms consistently and correctly. Talk to top urologists in New York City at the offices of New York Urology Specialists for chlamydia testing and treatment for women. We are easily accessible from Manhattan and Brooklyn and offer evidence-based therapies for effective STD treatment.
How Do Women in New York City Get Tested for Chlamydia?
A laboratory test can diagnose the infection. The test is performed on a urine sample or a vaginal swab in women. Studies have shown urine tests are as accurate as swabs and obtaining the same is less uncomfortable.
Cultures are less sensitive and prone to false negatives (the test shows no infection when it is in fact present). Testing for the genetic material of the bacteria is the more effective way to diagnose chlamydia. Rapid tests called nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) are used for routine diagnostic purposes. At New York Urology Specialists, we use reliable, FDA-approved technology for testing chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections.
It is important for all sexually active women to get tested for chlamydia at least once a year. Pregnant women should be tested at their first prenatal visit. Women above the age of 25 and women with multiple sex partners are at higher risk and may require more frequent chlamydia testing.
Is it Safe to Treat Chlamydia if Pregnant?
Chlamydia treatment is simple, inexpensive, and suitable during pregnancy. Antibiotics such as azithromycin, amoxicillin, and erythromycin that are used to treat chlamydia are safe for use in pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Untreated chlamydia in pregnancy puts the woman at greater risk of complications. A pregnant woman who has been diagnosed with chlamydia can pass the infection to her baby during childbirth. Sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia increase the risk of miscarriage, premature birth, life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, and infertility.
If you’re expecting and think you may have chlamydia, talk to top-rated urologists in New York City at the offices of New York Urology Specialists about getting tested. There are appropriate treatment options for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted diseases during pregnancy.
Key Takeaways About Chlamydia in Women
- Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection and a woman can get it through sex with an infected partner.
- Untreated chlamydia can cause a number of serious health complications in women.
- Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics – sex partners should be treated simultaneously to avoid re-infection.
- Routine testing for chlamydia and other STDs at least once a year is recommended for all sexually active women.
- Pregnant women can safely receive antibiotics for chlamydia.
Scheduling Appointments for STI Treatment and STD Testing at New York Urology Specialists
If you have any questions about testing or treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI), schedule a consultation, contact us or call 1-(646)-663-4125. We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners.
STDs are Treatable in Nearly Every Man and Woman
At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI). We understand the challenges that STDs such as chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhea, and ureaplasma create for our patients, their relationships, and their self-esteem. We help you find an effective treatment for your symptoms that may be caused by STD, UTI or another cause.
Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of infections in men and women caused by sexually transmitted diseases as well as bladder infections (UTI). By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man and women with urinary problems and bladder control problems.
We treat some of the most complex STD problems including:
- Persistent urinary urgency
- Frequent recurrence of genital warts
- Frequent recurrence of herpes outbreaks
- HIV prevention
- Genital warts in the urethra
- Treatment of infections when antibiotics do not work well
- Testing for urinary ureaplasma and mycoplasma.
Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Shteynshlyuger:
Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods. He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.