Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. The infection is often symptomless and is easily passed on during unprotected sex. If there is a chance you could have caught chlamydia, it is best to get tested regularly. Chlamydia is very easily treated with antibiotics, but if left untreated it can cause serious long-term complications, including infertility.
If you have recently had unprotected sex and are worried that you may have caught chlamydia, you should wait 14 days before taking the test, as it can take up to two weeks for the infection to show.
The test detects the presence of the following infections:
The test does not detect the presence of these infections in your throat or anus.
We send you the chlamydia test kit, you give a urine sample (for men) or do the swab test (for women) and send it to the laboratory in a pre-paid envelope (there is no additional cost for this).
Whilst this test will check whether you have genital chlamydia, it won’t tell you whether you have chlamydia in your anus. If you are concerned about that, speak to a doctor. It also won’t check for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as gonorrhoea.
We do sell a test for both gonorrhoea and chlamydia though, and an extended STI test, so you might like to consider one of those if you have had unprotected sex.
It is best not to take the test until two weeks after you think you might have been at risk of contracting chlamydia. The test is unlikely to pick up any signs of chlamydia in the first two weeks of the infection.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and is easily treated with antibiotics. Unfortunately, people often don’t know that they have chlamydia because the symptoms can be hard to spot.
Some people have no symptoms at all. If left untreated chlamydia can lead to serious health problems, including fertility problems and (in women) Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. So, if you have had unprotected sex, it makes sense to do a test to check you haven’t contracted it.