Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both women and men. In women, CT can infect the cervix, rectum, or throat. In men the urethra, rectum, or throat be infected. CT is the most common bacterial STD in the United States. It mostly affects young women, but can occur in women and men of all ages. Left untreated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women.
MicroGenDX test used in diagnosing CT
A CT test may be done in the clinic and sent off to a lab, or you can do an at-home test. An evaluation and culture (growing microbes from your sample in a lab) are often used to diagnose CT. However, standard cultures may come back negative even when you actually do have an infection, and that means your infection won’t be treated. A MicroGenDX test detects the DNA of all microbes in your sample, along with how much of each is present, and uses that information to identify the bacteria in your infection and the drugs that can best treat it. It is important to know that not all antibiotics work for all bacteria, and some even work differently in different areas of the body. Your doctor should consult the “antimicrobials for consideration” chart on your MicroGenDX report to decide what antibiotic is right for you.
Medical specialties treating CT
Chlamydia can be treated by a primary care physician, urologist, or OB/GYN.
How CT is treated
CT is treated with antibiotics. It is important to complete the full course of medication when it is prescribed, even if symptoms begin to clear up before you are finished.