The only way to know for sure if you have chlamydia is to undergo a test, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be examined by a doctor or nurse. To test for chlamydia, you need to provide a sample of cells – there are two ways to do this: 

  • Using a swab to wipe over the area that might be infected e.g., vagina or anus 
  • Urinating into a container (the most common method used for men) 

You can expect to receive the results back from the laboratory within 7 to 10 days.

It’s also possible to buy a self- test kit that you can use at home to diagnose chlamydia.

Although all of our content is written and reviewed by healthcare professionals, it should not be substituted for or used as medical advice. If you have any questions about your health, please speak to your doctor.

Authored Dec 21, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Dec 06, 2021 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm