In a swab test, the person’s mouth, throat, penis, vagina, cervix, or anus will be swabbed to collect tissue samples. Afterward, these samples will be tested for the bacteria that causes chlamydia.
If any trace of the bacteria is found, then the person will be advised to seek treatment for the condition. (However, even with a negative test, do consult a doctor to determine the actual cause of your symptoms. Do not dismiss or self-diagnose based on the results.)
Urine samples, on the other hand, are less invasive compared to swab tests. The patient just needs to provide the clinic with a fresh urine sample, which will then be tested for traces of infection.
These tests are pretty straightforward, and most clinics offer these services with no questions asked. There are also clinics that offer discreet testing, which some people might prefer.
How to Test for Chlamydia at Home
For some people, getting tested for chlamydia in a clinic might sound like a daunting task. Some people are afraid that they might be seen at an STD clinic, while others are embarrassed about their condition.
This is where self-test kits come in. These kits come with instructions and all of the tools that you need.
The only thing you’ll need to do would be to follow the instructions, and wait for the test to show the results. Most self-test kits are accurate and can be a replacement for testing done in clinics.
Though, one problem with these kits is that they depend on the patient to get proper samples. If the patient doesn’t get an adequate swab or urine sample, then the results of the test might not be as accurate compared to those done in clinics.