Patient Comments: Chlamydia In Women - Diagnosis

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A Doctor's View on Chlamydia Diagnosis in Women

Read the Comment by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD

Chlamydia testing is recommended for all sexually active women age 25 or younger and for older woman who have a new or more than one sex partner. Diagnosis of chlamydia is complicated by the fact that it often produces no symptoms. Different tests including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), direct fluorescent antibody (DFA), nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), and bacterial culture are used to diagnose chlamydia. Read the entire Doctor's View

Comment from: sadpanda, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

Six months ago, I had an encounter with a boy I was somewhat dating. We both had too much to drink and I woke up with him naked beside me. I did not find any evidence that we used a condom, plus I also had a tampon in at the time. I have horrible judgment when intoxicated (been sober since). I then got tested five days after (results came back negative). After two days of having oral/vaginal sex with my current boyfriend, I developed symptoms of a UTI. A couple of days into the UTI treatment, along with starting my period, I developed horrible back pain, fever, and chills. I was put on antibiotics again. After two weeks of having sex with my boyfriend, I then had abnormal increased yellow/green vaginal discharge, slight pain with sex (I thought was positional), and bleeding found after intercourse. That's when I decided something is seriously wrong. I went to Planned Parenthood and got free urine testing and decided I should go get checked out by my gynecologist. Both tests came back positive, which was very devastating. I told my boyfriend, who got tested, and he came back negative, so I am guessing it was from my previous encounter and I had it for six months no symptoms until I probably developed pelvic inflammatory disease.

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Comment from: Princess, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 12

I went for a Pap smear and discovered that I had chlamydia. This was very painful to deal with as I had only one man in my life who is the father of my child, and I was still recovering from the breakup. He still denies cheating on me, but stated that it could be from a previous relationship. I am just thankful that it was something that could be cured easily – unlike HIV, syphilis or herpes.

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Comment from: Girly123, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I was diagnosed with HPV in August. I was devastated! My doctor reassured me it would go away with time and with a healthy lifestyle. I went in for my routine check ups within the next few months to make sure I would test negative. And I did! On my second routine check up the results came back negative! I no longer had HPV, but now I tested positive for chlamydia. I was so hurt and I was in disbelief. Now I'm on medications. My boyfriend of 6 years and I broke up and had been separated for an entire year. Throughout that, I was sexually active with an ex-boyfriend from high school. I know for sure it was who I got chlamydia from. Throughout my 6 year relationship I always had my yearly well women's check up and always tested negative on all my exams and paps. My boyfriend of 6 years and I got back together. He knew I was HPV positive and we continued to move forward. Sadly now I exposed him to chlamydia. Thankfully he tested negative but still has to undergo medications. I'm thankful that he is still by my side and we are continuing to better our relationship. Ladies please take care of yourself. Go to yearly check ups. You might be infected and not even know it.

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