Physician assistant Mary Ann recalls the test used to detect chlamydia and provides information about the long-term risk factors and treatments.
We can do, we can test several ways. We can do a vaginal swab, which is an easy swab that we send out for a diagnosis. We can check through the urine and then we can also check through blood to check IgG and IgM antibodies to show if there’s been like a recent exposure versus a past exposure.
Well, the important thing is to get it treated as soon as that you know you have been exposed to it to prevent the long-term consequences, which could be scarring to the ovaries or to the fallopian tubes that might cause problems in the future with fertility.
We can give an oral antibiotic. We can also give intramuscular injections of antibiotics that would treat it, and then we recommend being retested for it to make sure that it is gone. Also partners should be treated to prevent passing it back and forth.
About Mary Ann Shostek, P.A.-C.:
Mary Ann is a Physicians Assistant. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Medical Science, graduating from the Physician Assistant Program at Midwestern University, Glendale, Arizona in 2004. Mary Ann’s experience is in Women’s Health – specializing in fertility.