How is Chlamydia diagnosed?

The two most reliable ways to identify Chlamydia include:

  • Penile or Vaginal Fluid Swab. A sample of fluid is collected from the penis or vagina and is examined microscopically for the offending bacteria.
  • Urine Sample. Another way to look for bacteria that causes for chlamydia is by taking a urine sample.

Make Sure You Have No Chlamydia

Chlamydia is known as the "silent" STD, because the vast majority of people experience no symptoms. It can be easily cured with antibiotics; get tested today if you think you may have been exposed.

Get tested for STDs today

Chlamydia tests require a urine sample in order to check for the presence of the Chlamydia bacteria, and how bad the infection is. Unfortunately, Chalmydia is one of the more common STDs out there, statistically the most common bacterial STD in the United States, so we recommend getting yourself screened annually, and more often than that if you're at high risk.

The Chlamydia test is fairly straight forward, requiring a urine sample (or some other bodily fluid) for screening. Once the sample is obtained, there are different ways in which our doctors check for Chlamydia. NAAT tests find the genetic material of Chlamydia; this test is highly accurate and unlike to yield false-positives. A DNA probe test also finds the Chlamydia DNA, and it is also very accurate.

ELISA, EIA tests find the presence of Chlamydia antigens, which cause the immune system to react. Don't worry about the technicalities; the most important thing is to get a Chlamydia test to take care of your health!

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium.

How is treated?

Antibiotics. A single dose of Azithromycin or seven daily doses of Doxycycline.

Recovery Time

1 to 2 weeks. One to two weeks may be required for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.