21st October 2019


How long does it take to test positive for chlamydia?

Our doctors recommend testing for chlamydia 1-5 days post-exposure and gonorrhea 2-6 days after your sexual encounter. Re-test two weeks after treatment to confirm that you are clear of chlamydia and gonorrhea, then again 3 months later to make sure the infection did not re-appear.

Furthermore, how soon after unprotected can I test for STDs?

If you have had unprotected sex and are worried about an STD or HIV, you should get tested 1 to 2 weeks after and again 90 days later. This is because different STDs are detected at different times: Chlamydia - anytime from 1 week to 3 weeks. Gonorrhea - anytime from 2 days to 30.

How long after a possible exposure should someone wait before being tested?

UK guidelines state that 4th generation HIV tests (antigen/antibody) will detect 95% of infections four weeks after exposure. A negative test after four weeks then needs to be confirmed with a second test three months after the risk. This is in case you take longer than four weeks to generate an antibody response.
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