Get Tested for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

The Basics
Most people who have a sexually transmitted disease (STD) don’t have any symptoms. The only way to know if you have an STD is to get tested.

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If you think you may be at risk, make an appointment to get tested.

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The Basics

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Chlamydia (“kluh-MID-ee-uh”) and gonorrhea (“gah-nuh-REE-uh”) are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that you can get during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. A pregnant woman can also pass these STDs to her baby during birth.

STDs are also sometimes called STIs (sexually transmitted infections).

How do I know if I have an STD?
Getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. Most people who have an STD don’t feel sick or have any symptoms.

It’s also important to talk with a doctor or nurse if someone you recently had sex with has an STD.

Can chlamydia and gonorrhea be cured?
Yes. Chlamydia and gonorrhea can both be cured with the right treatment. If these STDs aren’t treated, they can cause serious health problems, like making it difficult or impossible for a woman to get pregnant.

If you have an STD, it’s important to get treatment right away. It’s also important to tell anyone you’ve had sex with that you have an STD so your partner can get treatment, too. This will help protect you from getting infected again.

Who needs to get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea?
The recommendations for getting tested for chlamydia and for gonorrhea are the same.

For women:

For men:

What are the signs of chlamydia or gonorrhea?
Many people who have chlamydia or gonorrhea don’t have any signs or symptoms. When there are symptoms, chlamydia and gonorrhea cause very similar things. 

How do doctors test for chlamydia and gonorrhea?
A doctor or nurse can test your urine for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. Sometimes, the doctor might take a sample from the vagina, penis, rectum, or throat instead. The test is easy and painless.

Learn more about chlamydia:

Learn more about gonorrhea:


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Get tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea if you are at risk. Talk with your partner about getting tested, too.

Make an appointment at a health center or clinic.
If you think you may be at risk, talk with your doctor about getting tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Be sure to ask about getting tested for HIV, too.

To find an STD clinic near you:

What about cost?
Some STD testing and prevention counseling is covered under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010. Depending on your insurance plan, you may be able to get these services at no cost to you.

Talk to your insurance company to find out what this means for you. For information about other services covered by the Affordable Care Act, visit HealthCare.gov.

Stay safe.
The best way to protect yourself from STDs is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Wait to have sex until you and your partner have tested negative for STDs.

Here are some other ways to protect yourself from STDs:

Get tips on talking with your partner about STD testing.

If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor about STD testing.
Having chlamydia, gonorrhea, or another STD while you are pregnant can be very dangerous for you and your baby. Find out more about STDs and pregnancy.


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