Health care providers test people for chlamydia and gonorrhea using a urinalysis or swab. Swabs are taken from the inside of the penis in men or from the cervix in women. The sample is then studied in a laboratory. Screening tests are important because if you don't have symptoms, you may not know you're infected.
Use a swab to gently remove secretions or cell samples from the penis, vagina, urethra, cervix, anus, or throat. If you're sexually active, getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Be sure to have an open and honest conversation about your sexual history and STI testing with your doctor and ask if you should be tested for STDs. If you don't feel comfortable talking to your regular healthcare provider about STDs, there are many clinics that offer confidential, free or low-cost testing.
The following is a brief description of the recommendations for testing for STDs. Information on testing for STDs for healthcare providers can be found here. You can quickly find a place to get tested for STDs by entering your zip code in the form below. Find an STD testing center near you.