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Diagnosing Chlamydia

Chlamydia doesn’t always cause symptoms, which means you might not even know if you have it. If you’ve had unprotected sex, the only way to be sure is to see a doctor and get a diagnosis.

Whether you’re looking for peace of mind, or you’ve noticed symptoms that you want to get checked out, you can talk to our experienced online GPs from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

When should you get tested?

If you’re under 25 and sexually active, it’s recommended that you get tested for chlamydia every year. This is the age group that statistics show is most at risk of getting chlamydia.

You should also see a doctor if:

  • You notice any of the symptoms of chlamydia
  • You’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
  • Your partner or former partner tells you they’ve been diagnosed with chlamydia
  • You used a condom that split during vaginal, oral or anal intercourse
  • Your new partner has previously had unprotected sex and not been tested for chlamydia
  • You’re trying to get pregnant and have never been tested
  • You have any other reason to think that you might have chlamydia

How do our doctors diagnose chlamydia?

The first thing our doctors will do is discuss your reasons for booking an appointment.

If you’ve noticed symptoms, they’ll want to know what they are. If you haven’t, they’ll ask you what has happened to make you think you might be at risk from chlamydia.

They won’t judge you, and everything you share with them is completely confidential. It’s important that you answer all their questions honestly in order to get the most effective treatment.

To get a diagnosis, you will need to take a chlamydia test. The two most common tests are:

  • A swab test - You will be given a cotton swab to wipe gently over the area that is potentially infected, such as the inside of the vagina or anus.
  • A urine test - You will provide a sample of your urine for testing.

What happens next?

If your test results come back positive for chlamydia, you will need to arrange a follow-up consultation to discuss your treatment options.

In some cases, our doctors may recommend you start treatment without waiting for your results. For example, if a previous sexual partner has recently been diagnosed with chlamydia, there is a high chance that you also have it.

If your test is negative, you won’t need any further treatment. However, you should continue to practise safer sex in order to reduce your risk of STIs in future.