Chlamydia Home Test - How it Works

An at-home chlamydia test gives you the added convenience and discretion to get tested in the comfort of your own home. This might be a good option for you if you are unable to get to a clinic or would prefer the added privacy.

 

How does the at-home chlamydia test work?

Once you fill out the online consultation with Dr Felix, your chlamydia test kit will be posted out to you. It will include a container for you to collect a urine sample which is sent directly to the laboratory in the envelope provided. Once we receive your sample, the results will be posted to you after one week.

 

What happens if the test is positive?

If your chlamydia test comes back positive then you’ll be prescribed antibiotics to treat the infection. Azithromycin is given as a single dose unless this medicine isn’t suitable for you, in which case you’ll be issued with Doxycycline which is taken over the course of a week. Whichever antibiotic you take, it will take one week for the infection to clear and you should avoid sexual contact during this time.

Alongside your treatment, you’ll need to tell your current or most recent partner and any previous sexual partners that you have chlamydia. This can feel embarrassing or distressing but it means that they can also get tested and treated. You are also at risk of getting reinfected if your current partner doesn’t get treated.

 

What happens if the test is negative?

If your chlamydia test comes back negative this doesn’t confirm that you are completely clear of sexually transmitted infections. It only tests for chlamydia and there are other infections which may not show symptoms, such as gonorrhoea. You might want to consider getting tested for this too and there are home test kits available from Dr Felix to detect it.

To prevent catching chlamydia again always use a condom with a new partner and make sure you both have confirmation of the status of your sexual health before you stop using condoms.

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