How To Diagnose Chlamydia
Looking for information on how to diagnose chlamydia? Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that can be obtained through sexual contact. Being that chlamydia is actually a bacterial infection, it can generally be treated with a short course of antibiotics. In many cases, chlamydia will show no symptoms at all. If you do happen to experience symptoms of chlamydia, you will likely experience pain while you are urinating, suffer from testicular pain, and/or experience discharge from the tip of your penis. Below you will find information about tests that can be performed to see if you have chlamydia.
To diagnose chlamydia, you will need to:
- Visit a doctor
- Undergo a swab and/or urine test
- Swab Test. The swab test is commonly used by doctors to test for chlamydia. With a swab test, a slim, cotton swab will be inserted into the tip of your penis. Your doctor does this to obtain a sample from your urethra. If you have had anal sex, your doctor may also insert a swab into your anus to test for chlamydia there. Your doctor will then send your swab off to the lab to be tested for chlamydia.
- Urine Test. It is possible that your doctor will also have you undergo a urine test to be checked for chlamydia. With a urine test, you simply pee into a cup and your doctor will send your sample to the lab to be analyzed.
Tips: If you believe that you have chlamydia, you should encourage any of your recent sexual partners to be tested, as well. If you are diagnosed with chlamydia, you should abstain from having sex until you have finished your antibiotics.