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Can A Urine Test Detect STDs?

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A urinalysis or a urine test involves testing an individual’s urine sample for detecting and managing numerous disorders like UTIs, Diabetes, kidney diseases as well as STDs. The two STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) that medical professionals can detect via a urine test are Gonorrhea and Chlamydia. 

 An increased number of WBCs (White Blood Cells) in the microscopic exam of a urine sample or even a positive dipstick for leukocyte esterase can indicate Gonococcal infection or Chlamydia. However, it is often non-reliable as a method of sexual disease testing

because it is not highly effective or sensitive like other methods. 

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common STD that often shows little to no symptoms at all. Therefore, it has a high rate of infection because infected people might not even be aware that they have it. Mothers can also infect their unborn foetuses if they contract the infection during pregnancy. 

The urine test only screens for Chlamydia infection if contracted via vaginal sex. If you have contracted the infection via anal or oral sex, as well you need to inform your doctor. In such cases, a swab test can only detect Chlamydia. As one of the most commonly transmitted STDs, it is imperative to get tested to prevent it from getting worse. A Chlamydia test mainly looks for traces of the Trachomatis Bacterium in a sample of fluid from your body. The sample may be:-

  • Urine 
  • A fluid swab from the urethra, vagina, or the rectum

The disease can be easily treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, it can make a severe impact on one’s health and might even result in infertility in females, and sometimes, although rarely, result in reactive arthritis. A urine test or swab test can help diagnose the disease for further treatment and recovery. 

Gonorrhea

A urine test is a reliable form of sexual disease testing if there is a risk of infection or if there are symptoms. Both men and women can experience Gonorrhea symptoms in the urethra, anal or vaginal regions, throat and cervix. A Gonorrhea urine test is also a mandatory part of prenatal testing for pregnant mothers because they have a high risk of infecting their unborn foetuses. Gonorrhea has a high transmission rate and is known to affect more than 1 million people in the U.S. every year. It is increasingly becoming a serious health concern because in many cases if the infection is left untreated, the bacteria become antibiotic-resistant. Gonorrhea can be caused due to the following risk factors:-

  • Unprotected sex (vaginal, oral, or rectal) with an infected partner
  • Multiple bed partners
  • A new bed partner
  • Past infection 

A urine test for Gonorrhea is similar to Chlamydia testing and can only detect infection if the vaginal or urethral areas are affected. If you have contracted it via oral or anal sex, you will need to undergo a swab test. A Gonnorea urine test uses a urine sample to check for the the presence of the bacteria Neisseria Gonorrhoeae in the system. Getting tested is imperative if you are experiencing Gonorrhea symptoms because the consequences of leaving it untreated can be serious. It can not only lead to organ damage but also result in infertility in both women and men. In the worst case, it can become life-threatening. 

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STDs can be a menace to both your sexual and overall health. Living with an STD can be detrimental to both your and your partner’s health in the long run. If you are experiencing STD symptoms, visiting the nearest STD/STI Clinic to undergo sexual disease testing is a responsible thing to do. Choose Affordable Rapid Testing to have all your STD testing needs fulfilled. They offer the most reliable testing services for all STDs with the quickest results. To know more, check out their official website. 

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