I want to do gonorrhoea and chlamydia tests at Open House Madrid
Free medical consultation when you do your tests at our clinic in Madrid. There are two kinds of tests we can do for you in Madrid. One takes 20 minutes and the other one 90 minutes
Our rapid tests (20 minutes)
Our sensitive tests (90 minutes)
Our rapid tests (20 minutes)
Chlamydia & gonorrhoea detection with rapid tests: max 90% These tests are very useful if you have all the symptoms of chlamydia or gonorrhoea. In other cases they are not very sensitive. They only work in genital samples – we would never use them in the throat or rectum, for those tests see below.
Our sensitive tests (90 minutes)
Chlamydia & gonorrhoea detection with sensitive tests: 98 to 99% as they detect the DNA of the bacteria and replicate copies. In the throat or rectum they detect 90% of infections but since our rapid tests don’t work in rectal samples we have to live with this limitation
I want to do gonorrhoea and chlamydia tests from home
Tests with unbeatable detection all from the comfort and privacy of your own home performed in our specialist clinic To detect gonorrhoea or chlamydia from home, we use a technique that looks for their DNA. When you collect your sample an send it to us the DNA is still intact and detectable even if the bacteria die. There is no other test for gonorrhoea or chlamydia better than this DNA replication.
Genital samples: If we do this test from your urine (men) or a vaginal sample (women) overall detection is very high: 98 to 99% Throat samples: If we do this test from your throat the overall detection is only around 90% but it is the best technique that exists Rectal samples: For logistical reasons we are unable to offer gonorrhoea or chlamydia tests from rectal samples you collect yourself. We can see you in our clinic in Madrid if you need a rectal test.
Once we have received your sample you will results in just 48 hours by email.
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Chlamydia and gonorrhoea, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 realising 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 HIV 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.
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 successfully 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. At Open House, whenever we have used prophylactic antibiotics, 100% of all patient were still negative in tests performed thereafter.
Mycoplasma genitalium is such a small and strange bacteria that we can barely detect it in routine tests. There are very few laboratories in Spain that can detect it. It produces EXACTLY the same infections as gonorrhoea and chlamydia (in the cervix, urethra and rectum) but if it decides it is going to be a silent infection, it does not cause any damage. It has very slow incubation (2 to 6 months) and so it is common to not remember who gave you the infection. We don’t see it transmitted in oral sex, only in vaginal or anal sex, and symptoms are usually very obvious compared to gonorrhoea and chlamydia. If we truly suspect this infection (all the symptoms but gonorrhoea and chlamydia negative) we initiate a specific treatment protocol as it is very resistant to antibiotics. It is one of the reasons that someone should never try to treat themselves with antibiotics to try to avoid testing. Open House will be able to detect Mycoplasma genitalium and also say whether it is a resistant strain or not by 2019 when we finally acquire a long-awaited test.
Mycoplasma hominis and ureaplasma urealyticum
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 eradication of these bacteria in women. We find these bacteria in about 30% of the adult population (vagina in women and urethra in men) They are only transmitted in vaginal sex. They do not do any other 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.
Urethritis and prostatitis
Data on our clinical experience with urethritis or prosatitis in men: Cases of urethritis or prostatitis managed: 5500 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. 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.
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 abscesses 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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