/Collect 2 Protect

Convenient and Private at home testing

Collect2Protect is a simple, convenient, and private STD testing service that uses a specimen you collect in the privacy of your own home, avoiding long waits in a waiting room. The Health District’s Office of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance is committed to providing the community with the best way to determine exposure to a sexually transmitted disease. Knowing your status will empower you with the information needed to treat symptoms and help prevent the spread of STD’s to any of your partner(s).

Collect2Protect is a simple four-step process

  • ORDER a self-collect kit online
  • TEST at home

  • MAIL the test

  • GET your results

All samples mailed directly to the Southern Nevada Public Health Laboratory(SNHPL) for processing. Test results can be ready within 7-10 business after the laboratory receives the specimen(s).

  • If any specimens received by SNPHL are incomplete, SNPHL will discard the specimen and no refunds will be given per standard laboratory guidelines.
  • Please ensure that you are reading the directions carefully and following the directions accordingly

It is important to contact the Health District if a Health District staff person reaches out to you via telephone call or by mail.

No insurance or Medicaid accepted.

  • Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Symptoms of chlamydia are rare and most people don’t know they have chlamydia so they don’t get tested.
  • About 2.8 million Americans get chlamydia each year.
  • Chlamydia is passed person-to-person during vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • During vaginal delivery chlamydia can be passed from mother to child.
  • Anyone who has sex can get chlamydia. The more sex partners, the greater the risk of infection.
  • Chlamydia is known as a “silent” disease because about 75 percent of infected women and about 50 percent of infected men have no symptoms.
  • Chlamydia infection can occur in the vagina, penis, anus and throat.
  • If untreated, chlamydia can develop into serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term effects.
  • Women infected with chlamydia are up to five times more likely to get HIV if exposed.
  • Men infected with chlamydia can get epididymitis, a painful condition of the testicles that can lead to infertility if not treated.
  • Chlamydia infection can cause Reiter’s syndrome.
  • Babies who are born to infected mothers can get chlamydia in their eyes and respiratory tracts. Chlamydia is a leading cause of early infant pneumonia and conjunctivitis (pink eye) in newborns.
  • Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.
  • Gonorrhea is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • In the United States, about 555,608 cases of gonorrhea were reported in 2017.
  • Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States.
  • Gonorrhea is spread through contact with the penis, vagina, mouth or anus.
  • Ejaculation does not have to occur to get or give gonorrhea.
  • Gonorrhea can be passed from an infected mother to her baby during delivery.
  • Anyone who has sex can get gonorrhea.
  • Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men.
  • People with gonorrhea can more easily contract HIV.
  • HIV-infected people with untreated gonorrhea are more likely to transmit or accquire HIV.
  • Several antibiotics can cure gonorrhea. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult.
  • Stop having sex and see a health care provider  immediately if you think you might have gonorrhea.

Symptoms

Many people with gonorrhea do not have any symptoms at all.

In men, symptoms appear two to five days after infection; symptoms can take as long as 30 days to appear. Symptoms in men include:

  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • White, yellow or green discharge from the penis
  • Painful or swollen testicles (although this is less common)

In women, the symptoms of gonorrhea are often mild, and are sometimes mistaken for a bladder or vaginal infection. Symptoms in women include:

  • Painful or burning sensation when urinating
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal bleeding between periods

Symptoms of rectal (anal) infection in both men and women include:

  • Discharge
  • Anal itching
  • Soreness
  • Bleeding
  • Painful bowel movements

Symptoms of throat infection may cause a sore throat.

Diagnosing Gonorrhea

Several laboratory tests are used to diagnose gonorrhea. Some can be performed on urine; other tests require a sample be collected from a site such as the cervix, urethra, rectum or throat. The Sexual Health Clinic uses a urine test for gonorrhea for all clients.

Treatment

Several antibiotics can cure gonorrhea. However, drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea are increasing and successful treatment of gonorrhea is becoming more difficult. If symptoms continue for more than a few days after you start receiving treatment, return to your health care provider to be checked.

Because many people with gonorrhea also have chlamydia, another STD, antibiotics for both infections are usually given together. People with gonorrhea should be tested for other STDs.

It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure gonorrhea. Although medication will cure the infection, damage done by the disease is permanent. Having gonorrhea does not mean a person can’t get it again. Contact a Health Care Provider if symptoms continue after getting treatment.

Risks of Untreated Gonorrhea

Untreated gonorrhea can cause serious and permanent health problems in both women and men.

In women, gonorrhea is a common cause of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Women with PID may have severe abdominal pain and fever. PID can lead to internal abscesses (pus-filled “pockets” that are hard to cure) and long-lasting pelvic pain. PID can damage the fallopian tubes enough to cause infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy (life-threatening pregnancy outside the uterus).

In men, gonorrhea can cause epididymitis, a painful condition of the testicles that can lead to infertility if not treated.

Gonorrhea can spread to the blood or joints. This condition can cause death.

Untreated gonorrhea can increase a person’s risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV.

Gonorrhea’s Effect on Babies

If a pregnant woman has gonorrhea, she may give the infection to her baby during a vaginal delivery. This can cause blindness, joint infection or a life-threatening blood infection in the baby.

Treatment of gonorrhea as soon as it is detected in pregnant women will reduce the risk of these problems. Pregnant women should see a doctor for examination, testing and treatment, if needed.

Where can I get more information?

See your health care provider, visit the Sexual Health Clinic webpages or call the Sexual Health Clinic at (702) 759-0702.

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