Do you use blood or urine to test for chlamydia?
Our chlamydia test requires the lab to collect a urine sample. No blood is required for a chlamydia test.
Pricking, swabbing, and undressing will never be required for an NAA chlamydia test.
How do I prepare for a chlamydia Test?
You must avoid urinating for at least one hour before your chlamydia test. The sample must consist of first-catch
urine. First-catch urine is about 20-30mL of the initial urine stream. The sample should not consist of anything
more than first-catch urine, as this may dilute the sample.
Female test takers are encouraged to avoid cleansing the labial area before providing a sample.
No fasting is required. No other preparation is necessary.
When should I test for chlamydia?
If you’ve recently had an experience that you believe may have put you at risk of chlamydia, our doctors recommend
waiting at least 1-5 days post-exposure to be tested. At the very minimum, you should wait 24 hours after you may
have been exposed to chlamydia. For the most accurate possible results, you should get tested two weeks after
If you have undergone chlamydia treatment, you should be tested again 21 to 28 days after treatment has ended to
verify that the bacterium has been eliminated.
If you have tested positive for gonorrhea, you should be tested for chlamydia. These infections often coincide,
and the symptoms are very similar.
How do I read my chlamydia test results?
If your chlamydia test results come back as positive, then the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis was found in your
system, and you do have chlamydia. If your results are negative, then you do not have chlamydia.
If you test too soon after exposure, your results may not be entirely accurate. Try and wait up to 2 weeks
post-potential exposure, to ensure the most accurate possible results.
Is there a chlamydia cure?
Chlamydia is entirely curable by treatment through antibiotics. If you test positive, you are eligible for an over-the-phone consultation with one of our doctors, who will be able to talk with you about treatment options. If need
be, antibiotics can be prescribed and picked up at your local pharmacy.
Who should be tested for chlamydia?
Both women and men are susceptible to chlamydia. The CDC states that there are almost 3 million new chlamydia
infections each year in the U.S.
Chlamydia is extremely common because it often shows no symptoms at all and is spread very easily. According to a
CDC report, “chlamydia prevalence among sexually active persons aged 14-24 years is nearly three times the
prevalence among those aged 25-39 years.”
The CDC strongly recommends testing for chlamydia in all sexually active women at the age of 25 or younger.
Chlamydia is considered more prevalent among young women, as the cervix is still in the developmental stages, and
is more susceptible to bacteria.
Regardless of age, if you have recently had unprotected sex with a partner whose STD status you are unaware of,
you should be tested for chlamydia.