To test for chlamydia, a doctor or lab technician will collect a swab, blood test or urine sample from the mouth, genitals or both. The samples will be sent away to a lab, where they will be examined by technicians. Depending on how busy they are, the results can take days or weeks to arrive. Chlamydia is very similar to gonorrhea, and you will usually be tested for both at the same time.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects both women and men. It is caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium and can often be asymptomatic.
Chlamydia is caused by a bacterial infection, but how it spreads depends on the individual situation. It is transmitted through direct sexual contact, including oral and anal sex.
Chlamydia most commonly affects the genital area, where it is spread during sexual intercourse, but it can also infect the throat and anus. Anal chlamydia is transmitted through anal sex, and chlamydia in the throat is transmitted through oral sex.
If a woman with chlamydia becomes pregnant or contracts the infection while pregnant, there is a chance that she can pass it to her baby during labor.