How is Chlamydia Testing Done?
Testing for chlamydia is done two ways; through a swab test, or by taking a urine sample.
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.