How do I find out for sure if I have chlamydia or gonorrhea?
It's the only way to know. Chlamydia and gonorrhea often do not cause any symptoms, so you might not notice that anything is wrong. In fact, most women with chlamydia or gonorrhea don't know they have it.
If you do get symptoms, they could include pain on urination (peeing) or a discharge (drip) from the vagina, penis or anus. Click here to learn more about symptoms.
When should I get tested?
- If you have symptoms.
- Every year (even if you don't have any symptoms) if you are a sexually active woman age 25 years or younger.
- If you change sex partners.
- If you have more than one sex partner.
- If your partner has more than one sex partner.
How do I take the test?
There are two ways of testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. You can go to a clinic, or you can order a home test kit from this website.
The test itself is easy and painless. Testing is usually done with a urine sample (pee in a cup) or a cotton swab of your vagina, mouth, or anus.
When a doctor does a pelvic exam or Pap test he/she does not always do a chlamydia or gonorrhea test at the same time. You should always ask your doctor for a chlamydia and gonorrhea test by name - don't just assume you are being tested.
If I'm under 18, can I get tested without my parents' permission?
Yes. In California, if you are age 12 or older you can get a confidential STD test without your parents' permission - it's the law!