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Which gives more accurate test results when testing for chlamydia: the urine sample or the cervical swab?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
A Verified Doctoranswered
31 years experience
Both good: Both are reasonably good tests. The urine sample has the advantage of allowing patients to get checked without subjecting themselves to a pelvic exam which deters some people.
Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 44 years experience
Both: The PCR technique used for both is very sensitive for even very small amounts of chlamydia. If a urine is obtained, don't do a midstream "clean-catch" like you would to test for a bladder infection. Collect the first part of the urine stream and don't use a wipe first.
Last updated Feb 2, 2017


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