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Chlamydia and gonorrhoea are sexually
transmitted diseases. Gonorrhoea is caused by a bacterium
called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae. For more information on gonorrhoea click
is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. For more
information on chlamydia click
here. We also offer a test which just looks for chlamydia, for more information
on this test click
This test looks for the presence of the bacteria chlamydia
trachomatis and neisseria gonorrhoeae in urine. It is important
that you test for both these STD’s as they don't always produce
symptoms but left untreated both can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancy.
This test is simple to carry out
- all that is required is a urine sample, which is then sent for
laboratory testing. The results will then be sent to you in a plain
envelope within 7-10 days. This test is suitable for both men and
women. Remember: as with all the tests
we recommend, if you receive a positive result you should consult
your doctor for advice.
This test looks for the presence of the bacteria chlamydia
trachomatis and neisseria gonorrhoeae in urine. It is important that you
test for both these STD’s as they don't always produce symptoms but left
untreated both can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancy. Both STD’s
are easily treated with a course of antibiotics so preventing any long
term health problems. If either chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection is suspected,
you should avoid sexual intercourse until the test results have come back.
If results indicate chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection then it's important
not to have unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex until treatment is completed
and the infection has cleared up. Your sexual partner should also be tested
and treated to avoid reinfecting you or to avoid infecting others.
What does the test involve?
The test is simple and all that is required is a urine
sample in the provided sample bottle. We recommend that you take your
urine specimen first thing in the morning and post as soon as possible
What is included in the test?
A double pocketed plastic bag containing a press down plastic protection case in case of leakage.
A urine sample bottle - this can be found inside the press down plastic protection case.
A prepaid envelope addressed to Clinical Trials Processing, Quest Diagnostics, Unit B1 Parkway West, Cranford Lane, Heston, Middlesex TW5 9QA.
A coloured plastic seal for the pre—paid envelope.
Customer Information Form, this must be returned
with your urine sample.
The sample bottle has a number on the side, this
is your reference number, this number should also appear on your customer
information form and all numbers should be exactly the same.
How to carry out the test:
Please make sure you read all these instructions carefully
before carrying out the test and follow them exactly. To provide you with a fast service your results can be sent to you in three ways, email, telephone or post. We will not send out any further instructions so you should ensure you keep these safe to help you read your result. You should also read the advice on what to do with your result.
When collecting your urine sample wait until at least
two hours have passed since you last passed urine. It is usually easier
to collect urine first thing in the morning when your urine is at its
most concentrated. This urine is called "early morning first-catch urine",
this means when you go to the toilet first thing in the morning you
take a sample from the first few drops of urine.
Remove all the items from the plastic bag.
Take the plastic protection case out of the bag and remove the urine sample bottle.
Carefully unscrew the lid from the urine sample bottle. Start to urinate into the bottle, ensuring you catch the first drops of urine which you pass. Continue until the bottle is full to the line on the sample bottle marked 20ml. Once you have collected the specimen continue to urinate into the toilet.
Screw the lid back on to the urine bottle tightly to avoid leakage during transport.
If there is any urine on the outside of the bottle wipe off with a tissue.
On the bottle there is a label, in the spaces provided ensure you write in your name, date and time of collection. If these details are not on the sample bottle the laboratory will not carry out the test. Make sure the reference number is still on the bottle.
Place the urine sample back into the press down plastic case and press firmly around the capsule edges to seal the case.
Place the plastic capsule back into the back pocket of the plastic bag.
Fill in your details on the customer information form making sure you enter all details clearly.
Once the form is completed, place it in the front pocket of the plastic bag and then remove the red adhesive strip from the plastic bag and press down firmly to seal. You will then need to place the plastic bag into the pre–paid envelope.
To seal the envelope you will need to fold over the top of the envelope so that the 2nd and 3rd holes match up. Place the stud on the plastic clip through the holes and then fold over and push down firmly to seal.
The envelope is now ready to be posted. Post it as soon as you can (the postage is pre-paid).
The laboratory is closed Sundays and bank holidays so to minimize
the chances of any delay in processing your sample, we advise that you
collect a urine sample in the morning, Sunday to Thursday and post
it as soon as possible after collection. The urine sample should not
be kept at room temperature for longer than is necessary so if there
is any delay in posting your sample, please place it in the fridge (not
freezer). The sample must be processed within 4 days.
Interpretation of Results:
The PCR test that your urine sample will be tested with is one of the
most accurate tests available at present. Results will read Chlamydia
Trachomatis PCR and Neisseria Gonorrhoeae PCR, there will be a result
next to each infection, this are 4 possible results, these are as follows:
PCR NEGATIVE: This means that the bacteria
chlamydia trachomatis or neisseria gonorrhoeae was not detected in the
urine sample you provided. However, it is important to remember that
no matter how good a test on rare occasions you can get a negative result,
when you do in fact have the infection. If you remain concerned, we
recommend that you attend your local GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic
or consult your doctor. If you have a repeat test done, it may give
a different result depending on what specimen and test methods are used.
PCR POSITIVE: This means that you almost
certainly have chlamydia or gonorrhoea infection and you will need to
start treatment with a course of antibiotics as soon as you can. There
is the possibility that you could have a positive result when you do
not have the infection, but this is very rare with the test methods
used. If you receive a positive result we recommend that you attend
your local GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic or your doctor. A GUM
clinic will provide you with free, confidential advice and treatment.
Most of the clinics have health advisers who regularly experience a
wide range of problems and can spend more time with you than a doctor.
You can find details of your nearest clinic in the telephone directory
or via your local hospital. When phoning up to make an appointment make
sure you state if you would prefer to see a male or a female doctor.
When you attend your appointment ensure you take your result letter
with you. If you have a repeat test done, it may give a different result
depending on what specimen and test methods are used. If you are treated
for either STD then you must make sure that you finish the course of
treatment and ensure that your partner(s) is also treated, to avoid
getting infected again. During treatment you should avoid sexual intercourse
to avoid re-infection.
PCR EQUIVOCAL: This occurs when the laboratory
cannot provide a definite result. This can be because other substances
in the sample, for example blood in the urine, or certain medications
are affecting the result. High levels of the hormone HCG which occurs during pregnancy can also cause equivocal results.
In these cases the safest course of action
is to repeat the test on a fresh sample. In the event of a equivocal
result a new test will be sent to you automatically. If you do not receive
the new test within 7 days then please contact us. Remember, it is always
best to collect your urine sample first thing in the morning.
SAMPLE OUT OF PROTOCOL: This means that
the sample was more than 4 days old when it arrived in the laboratory
for testing. In this instance we will send you a new test.
REMEMBER: If either test is positive be sure to consult your doctor
for antibiotics. If you have any queries regarding this test then please
contact us, Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm on 01923 711 511 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org