Chlamydia, gonorrhoea
& related infections

• rapid testing

• • clinical experience

• • • confidentiality

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I would like to do a gonorrhoea or chlamydia test

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I want to learn more about gonorrhoea & chlamydia, and its treatment

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I want to learn more about mycoplasmas, ureaplasma and trichomonas

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I would like to do a complete sexual health check-up

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I'm in a relationship and have had sex with someone else - I'm very frightened

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What is urethritis?

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Our experience with chlamydia:


Chlamydia tests performed: 23.116


Cases of chlamydia diagnosed: 1.074


Clinical success in treatment of chlamydia: 99.8%


Our experience with gonorrhoea:


Gonorrhoea tests performed: 17,625


Cases of gonorrhoea diagnosed: 1073


Clinical success in treatment of gonorrhoea: 99.7%

We are an urban medical centre with an open-minded approach

I'd like more information about getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea

Watch video of our medical director explaining the difference between the two kinds of gonorrhea and chlamydia tests

Watch video to better understand how we take correct samples for gonorrhea and chlamydia testing at Open House

Open House will walk you through this process, in three easy-to-follow steps

If we are going to look for these infections in your genitals,

we can do either rapid or senstive tests .

Our rapid tests

Our rapid tests detect specific proteins from the bacteria; they detect more cases than conventional tests used in the Spanish public health system and also only take 20 minutes. Total detection of gonorrhoea and chlamyida infections is about 90%. However, they are only really useful in people with fullblown symtpoms of gonorrhea and chlamydia (pus coming out of the penis or vaginal secretions).


Chamydia & gonorrhoea detection with rapid tests: max 90%

 

These tests are very useful if you have all the symptoms of gonorrhoea or chlamydia. In other cases they are not very sensitive


Our sensitive tests

The nucleic acid amplification test also known as PCR detects more cases than any other test being a technique that looks for bacterial DNA. They are particulary useful in the detection of cases of gonorrhea or chlamydia in people who are showing no signs of the infection. They are the best tests available. In Open House results take 24 hours. If our schedule allows us to do so, we can do get the result back to you in 90 minutes.


Chamydia & gonorrhoea detection with sensitive tests: 98 to 99%

 

These tests are the best for detecting gonorrhoea or chlamydia without symptoms or minimal symptoms


…but if you want to get the result of the senstive test in just 90 minutes…

A supplement of 40 € applies.

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If we are going to look for infections in the throat or rectum,

we will use sensitive tests only.

Rapid tests

Our 20 minute tests don’t work in the throat or rectum, Please read below about the alternative test.

Sensitive tests

The sensitive tests (PCR) have been recently approved for detection from throat and rectum. They detect DNA of the bacteria and are unbeatable in detection of these two infections. The results take 24 hours normally but if time allows we can do this in just 90 minutes. Althought they are much better than standard tests (like cultures, for example), they do not perform as well in the throat (or rectum) as they do in the genitals. However, a more sensitive tools still does not exist.


Chamydia & gonorrhoea detection with sensitive tests from the throat (or rectum): >90%

…but if you want to get the result of the senstive test in just 90 minutes…

A supplement of 40 € applies.

If you don't show any of the symptoms of gonorrhoea or chlamydia,

then maybe you ought wait before doing the test.

Window period

If you have symptoms of chlamydia or gonorrhea you can skip this section.

If you do not know if you have symptoms compatible with these infections click here to see our page on common symptoms.

If you do not have symptoms, but want to get tested as part of a checkup, is important that a minimum period has elapsed since the last high risk sexual contact so that the tests work, the so-called window period.

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You can do gonorrhoea test 7 days after the last high risk contact, but in the case of chlamydia you should wait 14 days.
This is not an invention of Open House, rather an international guideline. Open House complies with the most demanding requirements of several leading institutions in the field of sexually transmitted infections: The Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, the British Association of Sexual Health and HIV and the European Union via the European Board ITS of IUST / WHO. We are aware that you can get tested at other medical centres but we recommend you to demand the same compliance with these regulations.

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More information about these infections and their treatment

  • Chlamydia and gonorrhea

    Chlamydia and gonorrhea, are bacterial infections transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex or contact with semen, vaginal fluids or anal secretions of infected people. They are very common diseases, affecting both men and women.

  • Symptoms

    Chlamydia

    Usually asymptomatic, but in some cases from the 3rd week of contact there may be stinging on urinating or abnormal fluid from the vagina, penis or anus.

    Gonorrhoea

    People who have symptoms, be between day 2 and 10 of infection. It can cause abnormal mucus or pus in the genitals and in women, abdominal pain, fever and irregular menstrual bleeding.

    Although many people infected with chlamydia or gonorrhea have no symptoms, if you have any of the following, you should consider testing:

    in men, stinging on urination, burning, itching, discharge from the penis; in women: burning or painful urination, altered discharge, pain during sex. For both sexes: sore throat, tonsillitis, pus in the throat, rectal secretions, rectal burning or pain, abnormal feeling with stools.

    Man with a terrible headache

    Worried? Come up to our clinic, Open House will advise you on which tests to do for peace of mind.

    • According to Open House, 60% of Chlamydia infections in men (in the urethra) have no symptoms and 30% of cases of gonorrhea. Multiple scientific publications support this figure.
    • In the cervix and  throat infections 90% of show no symptoms.
    • You can only be 100% sure of not having Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea by doing tests.

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  • Oral sex is the main route of transmission

    The urethra (the tube inside the penis), rectum , throat, and cervix. However, the most common route of chlamydia and gonorrhoea transmission is oral sex (according to our experience in Open House). Chlamydia is the most frequently detected infection in Open House.

  • Long-term consequences

    Chlamydia is a major cause of infertility

    If you are a man and have oral sex or penetration without a condom and you get infected with these bacteria, you can transmit them to another woman without realizing it. In women, these infections can be very serious because they cause systemic infections, or can damage the uterus and fallopian tubes. They are the cause of 20% of female infertility .

    Chlamydia and gonorrhoea, vehicle for HIV

    The presence of chlamydia and gonorrhoea in the throat, urethra, rectum or cervix can act as a catalyst for VIH. transmission. For this reason, at Open House, if you test positive for one of these infections we will always recommend that you do an HIV test as a precaution.

  • I need treatment for chlamydia or gonorrhea

    Open House fully complies with national and European guidelines in the treatment of gonorrhoea and chlamydia. We chose the right antibiotic on a case by case basis. Treatment may consist of a single dose or a course of antibiotics.

    Outcomes in Open House

    At Open House we succesfully treat 99.2% of all gonorrhoea or chlamydia cases in house. Only 0.8% of cases get referred on to other specialists.

    If you have had high risk sex for gonorrhoea or chlamydia in the last 3 days, there may be the possibility of administering prophylactic antibiotics. This is not an option for everyone and is decided on a case by case basis. Get in touch with us if you think you might be a candidate.

    Outcomes in Open House

    At Open House, whenever we have used prophylactic antibiotics, 100% of all patient were still negtive in tests performed thereafter.

Chlamydia is the most frequently infection detected in heterosexuales en Open House. If you have symptoms, there is no need to wait - you can get tested straight away.

Genital or throat tests?

Chlamydia infections and gonorrhoea land at the site exposed during sex. If the sexual contact was with your penis (in his/her mouth, vagina or arse), or with your vagina, we can perform  rapid or sensitive tests.

If the contact was with your throat (with genitals or arse), we have to use the sensitive tests as rapid tests do not work at these body sites.

Detecting gonorrhoea and chlamydia in the throat and rectum is still a major challenge. Even when we use the more sensitive PCR test we can only deetct 90% of infections, whish is somewhat less that when we use this technique in genital samples. However, to date, no better test exists.

Open House imports ``flocked swabs `` that improve detection with a pain-free sample collection process. Would you like to see how they capture bacterias even when diluted more than 100 times?

Chlamydia cases without symptoms...

Penis - 30%
Orifices* - 90%

*: throat, cervix or anus.

Gonorrhea without symptoms ...

Penis - 30%
Orifices* - 90%

Risk of transmission of the infection:

in each contact - 60%

*oral, vaginal or anal penetration.

Of all the positive test results in Open House

- 70%, are chlamydia or gonorrhea
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Information about other infections: mycoplasma, ureaplasma & trichomonas

  • Dr. Steve Chapman Open House Medical Director

    Before giving more details about these infections you should know that they are not exactly like gonorrhoea and chlamydia in the sense that if they are silent (without symptoms) they almost never do any damage both in men and women. Many doctors don’t even treat these infections when they are detected by chance, considering them to be part of the bacterial flora. However, it has been shown that the presence of these infections can increase the risk of catching HIV. Therefore, in Open House we always recommend the erradication of these bacteria in women.

  • Mycoplasma genitalium is such a small and strange bacteria that we can barely detect it in routine tests. It produces EXACTLY the same infections as gonorrhoea and chlamydia (in the throat, cervix, urethra and rectum) but if it decides it is going to be a silent infection, it does not cause any damage.

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    • Data from Open House shows that 60% of chlamydial infections in men (in the urethra) have no symptoms and likewise about 30% of cases of gonorrhoea. Many scientific publication also support this figure.
    • In the cervix and throat about 90% of infections are silent.
    • You can therefore only be sure of not having gonorrhoea or chlamydia by getting tested.
    • Are two bacteria that often are present in our genitals without causing problems. However, sometimes they can produce infections similar to gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
    • They are only transmitted in vaginal sex.
    • They do not do any damage if they are silent.
    • Trichomonas vaginalis is a parasitic infection which is silent in about 50% of cases.
    • When it decides to produce symptoms, it is associated with vaginal itching and in men, urethral itching.
    • Chronic trichomonas in men can be a risk factor for developing prostatic cancer.
  • The medical communty is not altogether agreed on whether these tests should be done as part of general check-ups or not in people with no symptoms. At Open House, we take this decision on a case by case basis. We can do culture tests for Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma if you have symptoms that make them likely. The need or not to do these tests can always be discussed in the consultation with the doctor who sees you in Open House, this consultation as ever, being free of charge. At Open House we have a trichomonas tests available that detects about 10% more cases than those used in the Spanish Public Health sector.

    Mycoplasma & ureaplasma testing (detection by cultures)

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    Trichomonas tests (detection by rapid test)

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What is uretritis?

Our experience in urethritis or prostatitis:

Data on our clinical experience with urethritis or prosatitis in men:


Cases of urethritis or prostatitis managed: 4952


Clinical success in the treatment of urethritis or prostatitis: 98.2%

Other causes of urethritis in men

Urethritis (inflammation of the urethra, the tube inside the penis) is common after sexual contacts. The symptoms of stinging inside, when you pee or on the tip of the penis may indicate urethritis. In the previous section you can read about causes such as gonorrhoea, chlamydia, mycoplasma and ureaplasma as bacterias which may cause urethritis, but there are other culprits.

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Non-specific urethritis: when a man clearly has urethritis but the tests are negative, we call this situation non-specific urethritis. It usually responds well to a particular antibiotic. A night out drinking with plenty of sex: After a night of heavy drinking that ended up with good sex, often we see urethritis which is nothing to do with bacteria, rather dehydration, trauma and chemical reactions to condoms. However, if the sex was unprotected, we recommend looking for infections first. Stress is also a cause of urethritis. Urethritis as a symptom of an underlying problem: Sometimes, symptoms of urethritis are not due to a problem of the urethra per se, rather there could be a urine infection, an imminent outbreak of herpes irritating nerves or infection in the prostate.

Information about lymphogranuloma venereum - the superchlamydia

Lymphogranuloma venereum - the superchlamydia

Up until about 10 years ago there had only ever been seen about 100 cases of this serious infection in Spain. In recent years that is has gone up by about 500%. There is not a great deal of practical advice about this disease so Open House will share our thoughts with you here. It is of particular importance to men who have sex with men, who practise fisting or are HIV positive. It is produced by an agressive strain of chlamydia that invades the lymphatic system and can dissolve tissue and glands in the pelvis. Transmission in fistiing occurs from one persons rectum to another. In anal sex, it is transmitted from the penis to the rectum and vice versa. However, just like in other chlamydial infections, there are people who are silent carriers. A urethral infection can produce abcesses in the glands and in the rectum it can cause permanent damage. Key messages: if you have been diagnosed with urethral chlamydia and your glands are very painful, or if you have a rectal chlamydial infection that has relapsed, we should consider the possibility of lymphogranuloma and therefore a specific treatment.

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Information on a specific topic? Can we help you?

I would like to do a gonorrhoea or chlamydia test

I want to know more!

I want to learn more about gonorrhoea & chlamydia, and its treatment

Learn more!

I want to learn more about mycoplasmas, ureaplasma and trichomonas

I want to learn more!

I would like to do a complete sexual health check-up

I want to know more!

I'm in a relationship and have had sex with someone else - I'm very frightened

I want to know more!

What is urethritis?

I want to know more!

I want to learn more about lymphogranuloma

I want to know more!

I want to learn more about the window period

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. . . Scientific Literature

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