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.
14 days after exposure
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)
Same day appointments
In Birmingham Clinic
Highly confidential service
And discreetly located clinics
Specialists in sexual health
From busy NHS clinics
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.
Why be treated at a specialist clinic?
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.
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.
References & Further Reading
- Clinical Microbiology and Infection: Review Genital Chlamydia trachomatis infections
- American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology: Chlamydia trachomatis infection and pregnancy outcome
- Sexually Transmitted Infections: Signs and symptoms of urethritis and cervicitis among women with or without Mycoplasma genitalium or Chlamydia trachomatis infection
- Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology: Multiple co‐infections (Mycoplasma, Chlamydia, human herpes virus‐6) in blood of chronic fatigue syndrome patients: association with signs and symptoms
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Disparities in Chlamydia Testing Among Young Women With Sexually Transmitted Infection Symptoms
- Acta Dermato-venereologica: Isolation of Chlamydia trachomatis from the urethra and from prostatic fluid in men with signs and symptoms of acute urethritis.
- Cepheid: Chlamydia & Gonorrhea (CT/NG) Molecular Test – Xpert CT/NG
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.