Diagnostic Tests for Chlamydia


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Diagnostic Test list for Chlamydia: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Chlamydia includes:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Chlamydia: There are two kinds of laboratory tests to diagnose chlamydia. One involves collecting a specimen from an infected site (cervix or penis) to detect the bacterium directly. Another test that is becoming widely available can accurately detect chlamydia bacteria in a urine sample. A Pap test is not a test for chlamydia; it is a test for abnormal cervical cells. 1

The most reliable ways to find out whether the infection is chlamydial are through laboratory tests. Usually, a doctor or other health care worker will send a sample of pus from the vagina or penis to a laboratory that will look for the bacteria.2

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Chlamydia-Disease Information: DSTD
2. excerpt from Chlamydial Infection, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: October 23, 2003

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