One question that is often asked is whether or not undergoing a London Chlamydia test is painful. The answer is no; the test is not painful. There may however be some slight discomfort or embarrassment depending on the type of Chlamydia test you are undergoing.
London Chlamydia test for women
A London Chlamydia test for women is usually carried out by taking a swab sample. It is possible to have a urine sample test, although this is usually offered only to men, for reasons explained below. A cervical swab test for women is much more sensitive than a urine test. This is why most clinics prefer it.
If for whatever reason a pelvic examination is impractical, a urine test may be offered.
London Chlamydia test for men
As noted above, with men, a London Chlamydia test is usually done via a simple urine test. This is due to the fact that in men, a Chlamydia infection is normally situated in the urethra.
Because of this, as urine passes through the urethra it picks up a good sample of the Chlamydia bacteria. In women, the infection is usually located in the cervix. Hence, their urine does not collect the same quantity of bacteria, as is usual in men.
It used to be the case that men had to have a swab test. This was before the equipment for urine Chlamydia testing had been developed to where it is at today. The swab had to be inserted into the urethra, and this is where the stories of painful Chlamydia testing originated.
DIY Chlamydia testing
DIY Chlamydia test kits are sold in some countries. If you wish to pursue this route, you need to do some careful research. The reason is that not all kits are of equal quality.
There is also the chance that DIY testing will not be done absolutely correctly. This could lead to false results and is why many clinicians are not in favour of them.
Bear in mind the fact that in many instances, Chlamydia infections are asymptomatic, i.e. they display no symptoms. That is why, If you are sexually active, it is recommended that you have a London Chlamydia test on a regular basis. How regularly depends on issues such as whether you have multiple sex partners and whether you ever have unprotected sex.
Chlamydia can also infect the anus. In instances where this happens, testing can only be carried out by collecting a swab sample.
Walk-in London Chlamydia test from Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall
If you suspect you may have a Chlamydia, or other STD infection, you need to get tested as soon as possible. In the meantime you should refrain from having sex.
You can get an immediate London Chlamydia test by using the walk-in service we operate here at Broadgate GP Clinic London Wall. Same day test results are available.