Chlamydia Test Kit is a special urethra swab test kit designed to detect chlamydia infection. This kit is easy to use at home and gives you a high clinical accuracy result in just 15 minutes. Chlamydia is an infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. Chlamydia can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eye, or throat.
The incubation period of Chlamydia is several days to several months, usually 1 to 3 weeks.
In fact, 70% to 80% of women and 50% of men among the infected patients show no clinical symptoms, so that it is important to have a laboratory diagnosis.
- Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor.
- Bleeding between periods.
- Painful periods.
- Abdominal pain with fever.
- Pain when having sex.
- Itching or burning in or around the vagina.
- Pain when urinating.
- White, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis;
- Pain, discomfort or a ‘burning sensation’ when urinating;
- Inflammation, tenderness and pain in and around the testicles.
Quality of sample is crucial. In order to ensure that there is sufficient amount of microorganisms to be tested in the swab, samples must be collected from infected region (2-4cm inside the female cervical canal or male urethral orifice is the columnar epithelium, which is the most vulnerable area of chlamydia.)
Female cervical sampling:
Use a cotton swab to clean the excess mucus outside the cervix before sample collection. Put a swab 1-1.5 cm into the cervix, twist the swab several times and stay for 5-10 seconds before removal.
Male cervical sampling:
1. Use male urethral swab for collecting sample. Be sure that there is no urination for at least 2 hours before sample collection.
2. Put a swab 2-4 cm into into the opening of your urethra, twist the swab several times and stay for 5-10 seconds before removal. Put the swap into the sample tube if the detection can be carry immediately. Samples may be stored at 2-8℃ for 48h, and at -20 ℃ for 3 months. Frozen refrigerated samples should be recovered to room temperature before detection. Repeat freeze and thaw for only 1 time.
|Urethral swab||Quality of specimen can be assured||Not easy to collect and painful|
|Urine||Easy to collect||Cannot culture the organism|
|Semen||Routinely collected for semen analysis||Inhibiting to cell culture and sometimes to NAATs|
|Serum||Relatively easy to collect||Not from the infection site|
Instructions must be read entirely before taking the test.
Allow the test device controls to equilibrate to room temperature for 30 minutes (20℃-30℃) prior to testing. Do not open the inner packaging until ready, it must be used in one hour if opened (Humidity: 20%~90%, Temp: 10℃-50℃)
Dealing with samples according to the following method:
Drop 10 drops (300 μL）of sample dilution A（from the centrifuge tube） vertically into the sample tube, put the swap with sample on it into the tube immediately, squeeze the tube and twist the swab for 15 times, keep the swap stay inside for 2 minutes before removal.
Drop 10 drops (300 μL）of sample dilution B（from the centrifuge tube） vertically into the sample tube, squeeze the tube and twist the swab for 15 times, keep the swap stay inside for 1 minute before removal. Discard the swab and cover the lid of the tube.
1. Take off the outer packing, put the cassette onto the desk with the sample window up.
3. Drop 3 drops of diluted sample vertically into the sample hole of cassette.
3. Observe the test results immediately within 15-20 minutes, the result is invalid over 25 minutes.
POSITIVE: Two distinct red lines appear. One line should be in the control region (C) and the other line should be in the test region (T).
NEGATIVE: One red line appears in the control region(C). No apparent red or pink line appears in the test region (T).
INVALID: No red lines appear or control line fails to appear, indicating that the operator error or reagent failure. Verify the test procedure and repeat the test with a new testing device.
What To Think About
If a chlamydia infection is suspected, do not have sexual intercourse until the test results have come back. If you have a chlamydia infection, do not have sexual intercourse for 7 days after the start of treatment. Your sex partner(s) should also be treated for a chlamydia infection so that you don’t get reinfected and so that others don’t get infected.
Other sexually transmitted infections may be present at the same time as chlamydia. So it is important to be tested and treated for all STDs. Chlamydia as well as other STDs can also increase the chance of getting human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). An HIV test may be offered at the same time as a test for chlamydia or other STDs.