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Diagnosis

Chlamydia is easily confused with gonorrhea because the symptoms of both diseases are similar and the diseases can occur at the same time.

The most reliable ways to find out whether the infection is chlamydia are through laboratory tests.

  • A healthcare provider may collect a sample of fluid from the vagina or penis and send it to a laboratory that will look for the bacteria.
  • Another test looks for the bacteria in a urine sample and does not require a pelvic exam or swabbing of the penis. Results are usually available within 24 hours.

     

Last Updated March 11, 2009

Last Reviewed August 10, 2010