Chlamydia testing

Sample type needed

Urine or swab

Incubation period 

14 days

Who is this test suitable for?

Men and women at risk

Results time 

Within 4 days from when your sample is received in the lab

Treatment

Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics

Where can I get tested?

All Better2Know centres

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). STIs are often referred to as Sexually Transmitted Diseases or STDs.  Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria which lives as a parasite inside human cells. Early Chlamydia infections are generally found in the urinary tract, where the bacteria grows.  It develops in the urethra and further up the genito tracts. Typical symptoms of a urethral infection can include itching, pain on urination, and occasionally some discharge.  Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections and remains one of the most prevalent yet preventable causes of infertility in men and women.

It is important to remember that whilst a Chlamydia infection can have the symptoms described, many people with an infections have no symptoms at all. If you are sexually active it is crucial get tested regularly to be sure you are aware of your status.  The only way to know for sure is to get tested.

How do I know if I have it?

It is often difficult to know whether or not you are infected with Chlamydia as many infections have no symptoms at all.  However symptoms may include:

Men

  • Burning or painful sensation when urinating
  • Fever
  • Abnormal discharge from the penis
  • Inflamed or swollen testicles
  • Discomfort around the tip of the penis

Women

  • Burning or painful sensation when urinating
  • Fever
  • Abnormal discharge from the vagina
  • Unusual pain during intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Back pain
Did you know? …

Chlamydia is frequently asymptomatic, meaning that approximately 80% of women and 50% of men have no symptoms. Testing is the only was to be certain if you carry this harmful STI.

How can I get it?

Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, oral or anal sex. This is because the bacteria can thrive in various regions of the body including the penis, vagina, anus, and throat.

What happens if I do not get treatment?

Men

If left untreated, a Chlamydia infection can permanently damage the sexual organs leading to reduced fertility in men.

Women

If left untreated, a Chlamydia infection can permanently damage the sexual organs, leading to infertility in women. When a Chlamydia infection reaches the uterus and fallopian tubes, it can progress to a condition called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can result in scarring and other damage to the fallopian tubes restricting or preventing the passage of eggs raising the risks of ectopic pregnancies and loss of fertility.

In pregnant women, a Chlamydia infection can lead to an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, ectopic pregnancy and other dangerous complications. The baby can also be exposed to the infection during delivery, which can cause blindness or pneumonia.

How do I get tested?

Getting tested for Chlamydia with Better2Know is fast and easy. The test requires a urine sample or a swab. The test results are available within four days from when the sample is received in our laboratory. The Chlamydia test can also be combined with other tests and is included with many of our screens.

A Chlamydia infection is easy to treat but it is also very easy to pass it on to a partner. Getting tested is the only way to know if you carry this infection. Book your test with Better2Know now.