Chlamydia test How can I be tested for Chlamydia?

Chlamydia - test

Getting tested for chlamydia

As chlamydia is usually symptomless, it is crucial you get tested regularly. If you're sexually active it's essential to test regularly: if you are in stable relationship at least once a year and if you have multiple sexual partners every three months. Even if you haven't had unprotected sex, chlamydia can spread if infected semen or vaginal fluid comes into contact with the throat or eyes. Remember, you can be infected and still feel perfectly fine.

  • Tip

    If you do test positive, it is vital you contact any previous sexual partners as they may be at risk and spread the infection to others. Untreated chlamydia leads to serious health complications.

Chlamydia - how to get test

Where can you get a chlamydia test?

You can get a Chlamydia test in many ways. Our recommendation is to choose a place and a method which is the most comfortable for you.

A chlamydia test can be done at:

  • your own home by doing a self-collecting test,
  • a sexual health clinic,
  • a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic,
  • your GP,
  • a contraception and young people's clinics.
Chlamydia - home test

Home chlamydia test

If you don't want to get tested by your GP or at a sexual health clinic, you can order an easy-to-use chlamydia self-collection test kit from our online sexual health shop. A chlamydia test is simple, inexpensive and (despite what people may tell you) painless. Everything can be done discreetly in a place and time that is convenient for you. If you test at home, you can use a priority option and get your results in 4 hours (after your sample reaches the laboratory) or the standard one which is 24 hours. In many cases, a urine sample is all that is needed.
As you already know, chlamydia affects many parts of the body, including the genital area, throat, eyes and joints. These areas may also need examining. That's why sometimes a urine sample might not be sufficient for everyone.

Chlamydia - women test kit

Chlamydia test kit for women

The sample can be collected in two different ways:

  • a sample of your urine that will be analysed in the laboratory. To get a reliable result don't pee for up to two hours before the test,
  • a swab test, which is similar to a smear. This involves taking a swab from the cervix at the neck of the womb or from inside the lower vagina. The urethra (the tube from which you pee) may also be swabbed.

If you've had oral or anal sex, you might also be offered a swab for the back passage or the throat. If you have conjunctivitis, a swab may be taken from the eye area.

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    In 2017, 115,672 women tested positive for chlamydia in England. More than 76% of those diagnosed were under the age 25-years-old.

Chlamydia - men test kit

Chlamydia test kit for men

The sample can be collected in two different ways:

  • a direct sample that comes from body fluids is taken from the affected area. To collect a sample from the urethra or rectum, you get a swab inserted into the opening of your urethra or rectum;
  • in most cases a urine sample is all that is needed. It's very accurate and precise like the 1st method. It's definitely easier and less uncomfortable.
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    In 2017, 85,647 men tested positive for chlamydia in England. More than 87% of those diagnosed were between the age of 15 and 34-years-old.

Chlamydia - can I trust?

Can I trust a chlamydia self-collection kit?

The self-collection test is highly sensitive and specific, its results are comparable to usual clinical tests. Especially as it's still tested in the laboratory. Only the first step - sampling - is done by yourself at home. Reliability and accuracy of the test is high, no matter if you choose endocervical swabs, self-taken vaginal swabs, urethral swabs or the urine sample for men as a sampling method. Only in case of the urine sample for women the sensitivity is much lower. If you choose a chlamydia self-collection kit you increase your chance of being diagnosed correctly. Why?

  1. You can do it on your own, as long as you do it the right way. There is no rush like at the clinics where health care workers are overloaded with the number of patients.
  2. Your sample is sent to the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK - The Doctor's Laboratory. Laboratory testing is the most specific and sensitive, so it's the most precise way of doing a test.
  3. It doesn't matter if you take a test at your home or at the clinic as both of them are going to the same laboratories to be checked. The only difference is, if you order a chlamydia self-collection kit you have to wait 24 hours to get the results whereas in a clinic you have to wait between 7 and 10 days.

Last updated September 25, 2018