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Recognizing a chlamydia infection

Chlamydia trachomatis is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD) worldwide. There is no requirement to report this STD in Germany, and the number of new infections is therefore only an approximation. The disease is generally asymptomatic. The bacteria is transmitted through unprotected sexual intercourse.1 Women who change sexual partners often are thus at increased risk of contracting the disease. Heavy smoking or malnutrition may also increase the risk of infection.

The chlamydia quick test by cyclotest provides easy, fast, and reliable detection of the bacteria. The test was designed for self-application at home.

cyclotest Chlamydia Test Results

cyclotest Chlamydia Test Results | Foto: © cyclotest

What are the symptoms?

The following symptoms may present:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Pain and/or bleeding following sexual intercourse
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Irregular bleeding / bleeding mid-menstrual cycle
  • Symptoms similar to gonorrhea (clap)

What are the consequences?

The following results may occur:

  • Ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus)
  • Obstruction of the fallopian tubes, which makes a natural pregnancy impossible
  • Increased risk of infection with HIV
  • The pathogens may also affect eyes, intestines, and the neck
  • Worst case: infertility

What are the effects on pregnancy?

The following outcomes may occur in pregnant women:

  • Blindness of the baby
  • Risk of premature birth or miscarriage
  • Eye infections or pneumonia in the newborn

Quick test by cyclotest

For whom?

The cyclotest quick test is exclusively for women. Administering the test prior to becoming pregnant is particularly useful because expecting mothers can pass the pathogens onto their newborns.

How is it used?

The test was designed for self-administration at home. A swab from the vaginal tract must be collected. Once mixed with the solvent solutions, the results will appear on the test strip in 15 minutes.

What if the test shows an infection?

Should your result be positive, please seek medical attention immediately. Your doctor will decide which medications are best to treat your chlamydia infection. Do not make any important medical decisions without consulting your doctor!

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cyclotest Chlamydia Test

cyclotest Chlamydia Test


Source:

1Robert Koch Institut (2010): Chlamydiosen (Teil 1): Erkrankungen durch Chlamydia trachomatis. Access at: http://www.rki.de/DE/Content/Infekt/EpidBull/Merkblaetter/Ratgeber_Chlamydia_Teil1.html. Retrieved 22. September 2014.