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Chlamydia Testing

Our Birmingham clinic is able to offer results for Chlamydia (and Gonorrhoea) within 3 hours, using PCR technology.

For those who may have given unprotected oral sex and/or received unprotected anal sex, we are able to offer a throat/rectal swab.

And for those who have a positive result, we are able to offer treatment for Chlamydia.

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Window Period

14 days after exposure

Sample required

For men: urine sample (please don’t urinate 1-2 hours before your appointment)

For women: (self-taken) high vaginal swab

+/- throat/rectal swab

Time for test results

Within 3 hours (upto 4 working days in Leicestershire)

Cost of test

£130 (or £80 if taken with another test)

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Same day appointments

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Do I need a Chlamydia test?

  • you or your partner have any symptoms of Chlamydia
  • you’ve had unprotected sex with a new partner
  • a condom splits while you’re having sex
  • you or your partner have had unprotected sex with other people
  • you think you could have a sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • a sexual partner tells you they have an STI
  • you’re pregnant or planning a pregnancy

When should I take a Chlamydia test?

If you are experiencing symptoms of Chlamydia or your partner has tested positive for Chlamydia, please get tested without delay. Otherwise, we recommend waiting 14 days after sexual contact to get a Chlamydia test.

Will I need a physical examination?

We will only conduct a physical examination with your informed consent. Those with symptoms are recommended an examination with a male or female (as you prefer) clinician.

How accurate is the Chlamydia test?

The test results are approximately 99% accurate.

Furthermore, our tests can detect the Swedish new variant of Chlamydia trachomatis (nvCT), which some PCR tests may fail to pick up.

What happens if my Chlamydia test is positive?

If you are tested positive for Chlamydia (i.e. Chlamydia is DETECTED) then we will discuss what it means for you, provide medication to manage the condition and ensure you don’t pass it on to your partner.

You will only need to retest for Chlamydia if your clinician tells you.

Do I have to tell my partner, if I test positive for Chlamydia?

Yes. We will give you all the necessary support in conveying your diagnosis to your partner and getting them tested. We will discuss the risk of passing on the infection and any tests and/or treatment your partner may need.

Chlamydia treatment

For those who have tested positive for Chlamydia, we can offer safe and effective treatment.

Chlamydia information

Read our answers to questions patients commonly ask about Chlamydia symptoms, causes & complications.

Why be treated at a specialist clinic?

Of course, our expertise means we can offer you an extensive range of tests and treatments which may not be available in many GPs (and even some sexual health clinics).

However, and more importantly, we see all sorts of sexual health problems (including those referred to us by GPs) on a daily basis.

This puts us in a helpful position of being able to understand the problems you come to us with and put you on the right path in as little time as possible.

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We follow guidelines set by

NICE National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

BASHH British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

BHIVA British HIV Association

FSRH Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Medicine is a complicated subject and sometimes these guidelines don’t always hold the answers.

For example, treating an STI in a patient who has developed a resistance to routinely used antibiotics.

Unlike most private clinics, we have medical consultants here to help you navigate through such problems and get you on the right track in no time.

Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)

Last reviewed date: 3 March 2020
Next review due: 3 March 2023

Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.

If you think you may have Chlamydia

It is important to refer to a healthcare provider as soon as possible. Our experience combined with timely detection can help put you on the right track without delay and avoid complications in the future.

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