If you’ve had unprotected sex, don’t wait and hope for the best, have a test as soon as you can. It’s the only way you can be sure that you have chlamydia or not.
How do I get tested?
Visit St James Health Centre. Contact us here to arrange an appointment.
What does the test involve?
Testing for chlamydia is really simple, painless and doesn’t necessarily require a physical examination by a nurse or doctor.
The test is done with either a urine test or a swab test. The swab looks like a small cotton bud which is wiped over the parts of the body that could be infected. This could be inside the vagina or from the tip of the penis. Very often you can take the swab from inside the vagina yourself. A doctor or nurse may take the swab from the tip of the penis or if you have had oral or anal sex then a swab may be taken from either your throat or rectum. Taking the swab may be slightly uncomfortable but should not be painful.
You may be advised to have another test two weeks after having sex. Cervical smear tests and routine blood tests will not detect chlamydia.
Chlamydia testing is free and you can get one at St James Health.
It is possible to buy chlamydia self-tests to do at home but the accuracy of these tests can vary. Some are very accurate if you carefully follow the instructions. Others are less reliable. Get advice from St James Health if you’re unsure.
Speak to one of the team to receive more information about chlamydia testing. Use the contact form below to speak to one of the team.