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Gave oral sex to a male no condom; no vaginal or anal sex; want to be tested for chlamydia. Is it an oral swab only; will a vaginal swab pick a positive chlamydia?


You would need to have a throat swab done to check for chlamydia in the throat. A vaginal swab would not pick up chlamydia if it was in the throat.

Gonorrhea and chlamydia are the same in that you need to test each area that it could have been passed too, for example, urine test, urethra swab, vaginal swab, throat swab and rectal swab.

I don’t know your full sexual history but since chlamydia is very common, usually does not show any symptoms and can hang around for a bit of time. It may be an idea to get vaginal and anal swabs as well if you have had vaginal or anal sex before. You can always ask the health professional you see if your wondering what types of test would be good to get.

Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns.

Health Nurse

This answer was posted on January 23, 2018

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SLA says:

as a health care provider which swab do we use to test for throat CT/GC
thank you
Hi, The BC Centre for Disease Control clinics use Aptima vaginal swab specimen collection kits that are for chlamydia and gonorrhea Naat testing. This swab was approved by the Provincial lab for use as a throat swab in higher risk populations e.g.msm. In the general population, throat swabs are not done routinely because of the risk of false positive results due to other mouth flora. Each individual lab has to approve the swabs used for any testing and will decline the test if the testing swab has not been approved. I suggest you check with your local lab to be sure what testing they can do based on the testing supplies you use in your health care setting. Hope this helps. STI nurse

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