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Is there such a thing as a false positive chlamydia test?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

All tests have both false positives (meaning you don't really have it) and false negatives (meaning you really do have it).
Chlamydia testing is very accurate but yes a false test is possible. You can always requests a retest and the test can be done through a different lab for confirmation.

In brief: Yes

All tests have both false positives (meaning you don't really have it) and false negatives (meaning you really do have it).
Chlamydia testing is very accurate but yes a false test is possible. You can always requests a retest and the test can be done through a different lab for confirmation.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: There is

False positive chlamydia test is when the tests shows that there is presence of chlamydia in the specimen, when, in fact, there is no chlamydia present.
It's an extremely unlikely possibility, however, if you are certain that you have not been exposed to it, you may want to get re-tested.

In brief: There is

False positive chlamydia test is when the tests shows that there is presence of chlamydia in the specimen, when, in fact, there is no chlamydia present.
It's an extremely unlikely possibility, however, if you are certain that you have not been exposed to it, you may want to get re-tested.
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
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David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: There can be

Almost any test has the potential for a false positive (or false negative) result.
However, even if there is only a slim chance you have been exposed, it is probably a good idea to get treated. Chlamydia can cause some serious problems if left untreated.

In brief: There can be

Almost any test has the potential for a false positive (or false negative) result.
However, even if there is only a slim chance you have been exposed, it is probably a good idea to get treated. Chlamydia can cause some serious problems if left untreated.
David Miller
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