Types of Chlamydia Tests Available Today
There are several different ways to get tested for a chlamydia infection that don’t require a visit to your doctor.
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The most accurate test available for Chlamydia is a nucleic acid amplification test, or NAAT for short. NAATs are extremely accurate and easy to perform using simple urine or mouth swab test samples.
The rest of this page explains the pros/cons of each of the available testing methods in more detail.
We also show you where you can buy/find a test near you.
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1. At-Home Chlamydia Test (Kit)
The cheapest & most convenient way to test for chlamydia is to use an at-home STD test kit.
That said, at-home tests are not the most accurate option. You may need secondary confirmation test if you test positive using an at-home test.
Leading providers of at-home Chlamydia tests include:
2. Online STD Test
Online testing for Chlamydia is your best choice if you want to keep things private and get the most accurate result.
The cost of an online Chlamydia test is $50-$300, which is less than a for-profit clinic but more than a home STD test.
The two largest online STD test labs in the US are STDCheck and STDTestExpress:
STDCheck is the largest online test lab company in the US. They have a mobile friendly website & excellent customer reviews. Reasonable prices, too.
STDTestExpress is another solid choice with labs located in most major cities. Unlike other online labs, STDTestExpress will bill your insurance provider directly, if you choose.
3. Free Test Clinic
Free STD test centers are available in most major metropolitan areas.
- In the US: Find a Free STD Test Clinic near you (CDC Website)
- In the UK: FPA’s Clinic Locator
- In Canada: CFSH’s Point of Service Locator
- In Australia: MSHC’s STD Services Locator
- In New Zealand: Family Planning Service Finder
What Is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common curable sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by chlamydia trachomatis, a bacteria that target the cells of mucous membranes like:
- the moist surfaces of the urethra, vagina, cervix and endometrium
- the interior glans of the penis
- fallopian tubes
- anus / rectum
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the US, and the infection rate continues to increase.
Last year, in the US:
- 3 million cases of chlamydia were recorded
- 10% of young women tested positive for Chlamydia
How Chlamydia Is Transmitted
Chlamydia is transmitted when unprotected mucous membranes of two individuals touch, as they do during anal and vaginal sex. Full sexual penetration is not required. Chlamydia is less likely to be transmitted during oral sex.
Chlamydia is not passed through shaking hands or by using unclean toilet seats.
A person with chlamydia should be considered infectious until the bacteria is completely eliminated from their body.
People infected with chlamydia are often infected with gonorrhea, too. This is why many doctors recommend testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea simultaneously.
Symptoms of a Chlamydia Infection
Chlamydia is difficult to diagnose without using an STD test for three reasons:
- 75% of women and 50% of men do not experience any symptoms.
- If a person develops chlamydia symptoms, they usually occur 7-21 days after exposure.
- the symptoms of chlamydia are similar to gonorrhea, so the two diseases are often confused.
All Ages and Sexes
- infected / inflamed rectum (proctitis)
- infected / inflamed eyelids (conjunctivitis)
- soreness and redness in the throat or mouth
- discharge from the penis (pussy, watery or milky)
- burning during urination
- swelling of testicles
- vaginal discharge
- burning feeling during urination
If a chlamydia infection spreads to the fallopian tubes, women may also experience
- lower abdominal and back pain
- pain during sex
- bleeding between periods