Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted disease. If you have symptoms suggestive of any type of genital infection, consult your doctor to diagnose the cause of your symptoms; do not avoid consulting a doctor and getting tested.
Medical history and physical examination: Your doctor will take a detailed medical history and ask you questions pertaining to the time when the symptoms started, your sexual history, associated medical conditions that you may have and your medications (prescription and non-prescription). You will be examined for signs and symptoms of genital lesions. The doctor may recommend tests to confirm the diagnosis as only a test can confirm the existence of Chlamydia infection.
Tests for Chlamydia: Several tests are available for the diagnosis of Chlamydia. Accuracy of various tests is different and kits available in shops for Chlamydia may be less reliable. The tests mentioned below have an accuracy of over 90% in picking up the infection. There are different ways to test for Chlamydia in men and women. They are:
Testing for non-genital Chlamydia
If you have had anal or oral sex, sample of cells for testing may be taken from your rectum or throat (swab from throat or rectum). For people with symptoms of conjunctivitis such as discharge from the eyes, sample of the discharge may be sent to lab for testing.
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