Chlamydia Culture and Screening

October 6, 2011 by  
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This is a vaginal culture or blood test which is often performed during the first prenatal visit. It is a test for Chlamydia, which is the most common sexually transmitted disease. A normal test is negative.

Sexually active women under the age of 25 are the most susceptible to Chlamydia. The infection can be passed from the mother to her baby. About half of all women with Chlamydial infection have no symptoms.

If your test is positive you will likely be treated with an antibiotic and your partner will be tested and possibly treated as well.

Antibiotic ointment can be used at birth to protect the newborn from a Chlamydial eye infection.

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