Sometimes called the silent infection, Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that is often symptomless. If you think that you might have chlamydia, we can send you a test to do at home.
The chlamydia test kit for men is an easy urine test. We will send you a pot for your urine sample along with a prepaid envelope to post your sample to our partner laboratory.
For women, the chlamydia home test kit is a swab test. The swab looks a bit like a cotton bud and comes with a diagram showing you how to use it and a prepaid envelope for you to send it to our partner laboratory.
The test will detect whether you have chlamydia and is 99.9% accurate.
You will receive your results within 2-3 days of your sample reaching the lab.
Why and when should I take the test?
If you have recently had unprotected sex and are worried that you may have caught chlamydia, you should wait 14 days before taking the test, as it can take up to two weeks for the infection to show.
What the test can detect
The test detects the presence of genital chlamydia.
Whilst this test will check whether you have genital chlamydia, it won’t tell you whether you have chlamydia in your rectum (back passage). If you are concerned about that, speak to a doctor. It also won’t check for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as gonorrhoea.
We do sell a chlamydia and gonorrhoea test kit though, and an extended STI test kit, so you might like to consider one of those if you have had unprotected sex.
How does it work?
How do I get treatment?
Our top tips on how to do your STI test
For blood tests:
- Blood flows easier when your hands are warm, so perhaps take the test after a hot shower or bath or hold your hand under warm water for a few minutes.
- Stay standing and keep your arm straight with your hand below your waist
- Aim for the middle of the tip of your finger, not too close to your fingernail
- Push lancet down hard against your finger
- Wipe the first dot of blood away with a clean tissue to stop the blood congealing
- If your finger dries up, wait a while, warm up your hand, use another finger and make sure you press the lancet down hard against your finger.
Tips from people who have completed test kits.
- Relax and be patient and if you’re nervous, ask someone to help you.
- Watch the instruction video and read the instruction leaflet.
- Tying your long hair back can make things easier.
- Remove scarves and jewellery so they can’t get in the way.
- Lay the test kit items and your two tissues on a clean, flat surface.