A 33-year-old female asked:
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how many days after exposure to gonorrhea and or chlamydia can a swab and urin test detect the stds?

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Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
2-4 weeks: Most modern tests can usually detect at the 2-3 week period, but will be most sensitive if you wait until 4 weeks after exposure.
Answered on Mar 30, 2015
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Under a week: Not known exactly, but probably 2-3 days for gonorrhea and around 5-7 days for chlamydia. Never significantly longer than this with the standard tests used in most countries. Blood tests are sometimes offered in a few developing countries, and may take several weeks. But these are terrible tests anyway which nobody should have done.
Answered on May 22, 2018

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