Chlamydia Home Test
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Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs worldwide. Oftentimes, chlamydia infections don’t cause any noticeable symptoms, making it possible to be infected without knowing it. Homed-IQ’s Chlamydia Test is a certified laboratory test that you can do easily and anonymously from home. The test is delivered in discreet packaging and is entirely confidential.
- Urine test for infections of the penis
- Swab test for infections of the vagina
What do we test for?
- Easy to use from home
- Professional analysis in a medically certified laboratory
- Most affordable home test provider
- Completely anonymous
About the test result
What does the result of this test mean?
In the case of a negative test result, it means that you do not have chlamydia and that no treatment is required.
In the case of a positive test result, this means that chlamydia has been found and that antibiotics are needed to treat it. For your own health and to prevent the spread of infection to others, it is important that you receive prompt treatment if you are found to have an STI.
In the event of a positive test result, we advise you to go to your own doctor with the laboratory report. They can then advise you of the right treatment. It is also necessary to warn any sexual partners to prevent further spread of the STI. They can also be tested and treated if necessary.
How soon will I receive my test results?
You will receive the test result very quickly, often within one to three working days after your sample has arrived at our certified laboratory.
How results are shared
We understand that medical test results can be confusing and difficult to interpret. That’s why at Homed-IQ we make it as easy as possible for you to understand your test result.
In your personal online dashboard you can view your laboratory report as well as a clear and simple explanation of your results. We provide insight into whether you have tested negative or positive for each individual STI.
About the test
What is a Chlamydia Test?
This test is used to show whether you are infected with the chlamydia bacteria. The test includes materials for taking a sample from either the vagina, penis, throat, or anus. You will receive extensive instructions with your test. After collection, mail your sample using the prepaid shipping materials to our certified laboratory for examination. You will receive the results within a few days. It couldn’t be easier!
What’s in the test kit?
- An instruction manual
- A pipette and test tube for a urine test, or a cotton swab with collection tube for a vaginal, throat, or anal swab
- A protective transport bag
- A return envelope
How does a chlamydia test work?
When ordering your test, please indicate which area you would like to test for infection. You will receive detailed instructions with your test so that you can easily take your sample from home. After your sample is collected, mail the test kit to our certified laboratory with the enclosed prepaid shipping materials. You will receive the test results within a few days.
When should I do a chlamydia test?
There are several reasons why it may be useful to do a chlamydia test:
- You have a new partner and want to make sure you don’t have chlamydia
- You’ve had or are planning to have unprotected sex
- A former sexual partner has informed you that they have chlamydia
- You suffer from symptoms associated with chlamydia (for an overview, see the ‘symptoms’ tab)
Chlamydia Symptoms in Women:
- Pain when urinating
- Abdominal pain in the lower abdomen, sometimes with fever
- Increase in vaginal discharge
- Pain during intercourse
- Bleeding after intercourse
- Bleeding between periods
Chlamydia Symptoms in Men:
- (Burning) pain while urinating
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain or swelling in the testicles
- Pain during sex
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases that are transmitted through sexual contact. You can be infected with or pass on a virus or bacteria to someone else during sex. This can be through the penis, vagina, anus, and sometimes also with your mouth or fingers. Many STIs cause little or no symptoms. However, an STI is not harmless and can cause uncomfortable symptoms at the location of infection. While most STIs are easily treatable, if some infections are not treated in time they can cause longer-term damage to the body. For example, some untreated STIs in women can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. In the long run, this increases the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancy. It is therefore important that you get tested if you have been at risk to treat the infection and to prevent it from spreading to others.
Via Homed-IQ you can get tested for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Trichomoniasis, Syphilis and HIV.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. The bacteria can cause infection of the urethra, cervix, rectum or throat. The infection can spread to the epididymis in men and to the uterus or fallopian tubes in women. Left untreated, this increases the risk of infertility and ectopic pregnancy. If a woman has chlamydia during pregnancy, she can also infect her baby during delivery without proper management. This can lead to an eye and respiratory tract infection in the baby. Chlamydia is a very common STI and is usually treatable with antibiotics. To learn more, check out our article “What is Chlamydia?“.
How does it work?
Order your test
Activate and take your sample
Receive your test result
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We value the privacy of our customers; All Homed-IQ tests are completely anonymous
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Homed-IQ’s tests are analyzed in certified laboratories
Quick and easy
It’s simple to perform our self-tests from home
Frequently asked questions
I would like to test the throat or anal area for STIs. How can I do that?
Would you like to test the throat or anal area for STIs? This is performed through a swab test. Try our Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Test, as trichomoniasis cannot infect these areas.
Why do I need to activate my test kit?
Homed-IQ test kits do not have customer names or information on them for privacy reasons. This means in order to link your test to your account, you must activate the test using the unique 12-digit test code before mailing it to the lab. The laboratory cannot process your test results or send them to you unless your test is activated.
How do I get treated if I test positive for these infections?
Your test results come with an explanation of the results as well as a downloadable laboratory report. This report can be taken to a GP to receive a prescription for treatment.
For individuals in the Netherlands who have tested positive for chlamydia, our medical team can provide prescriptions for treatment if a visit to the doctor is not possible. In that case, our doctor will ask you by email to complete a questionnaire so that they can then send you a prescription to a pharmacy in your area. For treating other STIs, please contact a doctor.
Why should I choose a laboratory STI test and not a rapid test?
Homed-IQ’s STI tests offer the same laboratory-certified results you would receive if you had an STI test done through your GP or a sexual health clinic. Homed-IQ works with the same labs that provide tests for clinics, and strives to provide your results quickly and confidentially. STI rapid tests that are available at e.g. the drugstore are often not reliable and may result in a false negative or false positive result.
Is this STI home test an alternative to a doctor’s examination?
Yes, this test is an easy, fast and non-invasive way to check yourself for one of the five most common STIs. If a doctor suspects an STI, he or she will perform exactly the same test as the test that you can order via Homed-IQ. If you test negative for STIs and continue to experience complaints, see a doctor.
Will my health insurer reimburse this test?
No, at the moment we do not have any agreements with health insurers.
Has this STI test been reviewed by doctors?
All Homed-IQ self-sampling tests are scientifically certified for home use. This means they have been tested to see if the results of samples taken at home are as accurate as samples taken in a lab or doctor’s office. It is not allowed to sell unvalidated medical tests. Furthermore, our medical team reviews all results and is available to answer any questions from our customers.
Do I have to go to the doctor for this STI test?
No, you can order this STI home test from home, the test is delivered in discreet packaging. You can then take the test in your own time and completely anonymously from home. You then send the test to our certified laboratory and you will receive your results in your personal portal within one to three working days. As soon as your result is ready, you will receive an email and a text message from us.
What are the advantages of this test?
The biggest advantage of this test is that you can easily take the test yourself at home. Using a self-test, you do not have to visit your GP or a clinic and still can obtain laboratory-certified, fast test results. With Homed-IQ, you may test yourself completely anonymously and perform the test at a time that suits you best.
How accurate is this STI test?
Our self-sampling tests are completely approved for home use. The tests have been validated by our lab to see if the results from samples taken at home are as accurate as samples taken in a doctor’s office or clinic. It is only legal to sell validated medical tests.
Each Homed-IQ test is processed in a laboratory that is ISO15189 certified, which enables us to guarantee the reliability of all our tests.
Is this test really anonymous?
All Homed-IQ tests are entirely anonymous and do not require any direct contact with your GP.
What are the most common STIs?
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, and Trichomoniasis are some of the most common STIs worldwide. That is why it is very important that STIs are regularly tested for, so that further spread is limited.
How often should I be tested for STIs?
If you have many or often changing sexual partners, or if you meet certain risk factors for HIV and/or other STIs, we advise you to get tested every six months. For example, because you are a sex worker. Additionally, you should consider getting tested if you’ve had or are considering having unprotected sex with a new partner (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2021).
Who is this home STI test not suitable for?
The STI test is not suitable for people under the age of 18. It is also better not to take this test during the window period for STIs, unless you have symptoms. During the window period, STIs are not always detectable with a test (see: “What is the window period of each STI?”). If you have symptoms, you can test before the window period has ended. However, if you then get a negative result, we recommend that you repeat the test after the window period has passed because it is possible that the STI can only be detected later.
How can I avoid getting an STI?
Safe sex practices reduce your risk of getting an STI. These practices include using a condom or dental dam during sexual intercourse or oral sex and cleaning sex toys. Even when using a condom, not all STIs can be completely prevented. Genital warts, syphilis, and genital herpes can also enter your body through your skin. Pubic lice or scabies can also be transmitted through skin or pubic hair.
HIV and Hepatitis B and C are transmissible through blood. This means that in order to become infected, body fluids such as blood, vaginal fluids or semen that contain the virus must enter the bloodstream. This can happen in various ways, such as through open sores, needle stick injuries, or tears in the skin from sexual contact. One cannot catch hepatitis or HIV through activities like hugging, sharing eating utensils, or sneezing/coughing.
For more information about safe sex, visit this website.
Who is most at risk of getting an STI?
Anyone who is sexually active is at risk for sexually transmitted infections. If you are sexually active, it is important to use protection and get screened regularly. This is especially important if you have more than one sexual partner.