Pacific Rim Pathology

Chlamydia and Neisseiria Gonorrhoeae

Chlamydia (CT) and Neisseiria Gonorrhoeae (NG) are two of the most prevalent and treatable sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. These infections are caused by bacteria passed between sexual partners.

Most women will not have symptoms shown from either infection, but symptoms may include abnormal vaginal discharge, burning sensation during urination, or bleeding between periods.

If left untreated, these infections can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can lead to major issues in women ranging from life-threatening in the case of already pregnant women to potential infertility in women trying to become pregnant.

Testing at Pacific Rim Pathology

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screenings are recommended for each of the following demographics: all sexually active females under 20 years of age, women 20 and older with one or more risk factors, all women with a cervical infection, and all pregnant women. 

At Pacific Rim Pathology, we utilize Hologic’s Aptima STI to test samples from patients. The Aptima Combo 2 Assay is a nucleic acid amplification test that uses target capture for the qualitative detection and differentiation of ribosomal RNA from CT and NG. 

To ensure that we can continue to provide excellent patient care, please review to our ThinPrep Pap Collection Guide below on how to collect optimal samples from your patients.