Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is common in young people. Many people do not have any symptoms. To access a free test for chlamydia, you’ll need to:
Read the section Things You Need to Know
Things you need to know
- This is a urine test and it is free.
- This test will also detect gonorrhoea. You will need to see a General Practitioner or sexual health clinic to test for other STIs, such as genital warts, or blood-borne viruses such as HIV.
- Further testing should be considered if you have anal and/or oral sexual contact. Please call 1300 883 793 for further information.
- The test is for sexually active people without any symptoms of STIs.
- If you are experiencing any symptoms now, this screening is not for you. You should seek medical advice as soon as you can at Clinic 275, SHine SA, The Second Story, an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service or a General Practitioner.
- This service is only available through SA Pathology (you might know them as IMVS). There are 40 SA Pathology collection centres in the city and metropolitan area and 28 centres in rural areas.
- Under the SA Public Health Act 2011, chlamydia and gonorrhoea are notifiable diseases. If you test positive, the Commuicable Disease Control Branch (CDCB) of SA Health may contact you. These notification processes are treated as private and confidential. For more information about this, please see our Privacy Statement. You can also click here to find out more about notifiable diseases.
Check your eligibility for the test
To use this service
- You must be a South Australian resident aged between 16 and 30 years.
- You must be able to print the SA Pathology test request form or download the form onto your smartphone or tablet.
- You must provide a mobile phone number so that a SHine SA nurse can contact you if your test result is positive.
What to do if you're not eligible for this test
- If you are a South Australian resident under 16 or over 30 years of age; or an interstate resident and worried about having an STI, you can go to Clinic 275 or SHine SA or a GP for advice.
- If you are an International student and worried about having an STI, you can go to Clinic 275 for free treatment or to a GP where your payment can be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover.
- If you are a traveller from overseas and are worried about having an STI, you can go to Clinic 275 for free treatment or to a GP where you will need to pay for treatment. Travellers from some countries are entitled to subsidised health services while visiting Australia- Click Here for further information.
Find out about the 4 steps to get the test
The four steps to Get Checked Now
Step 1 Complete the risk self-assessment at the bottom of this page.
Step 2 Complete the information for the test request form, filling in all the mandatory fields which are marked with an asterisk (*).
Step 3 Download and print the SA Pathology test request form.
If you have trouble downloading or printing the test request form, you can phone the SHine SA nurse for help on 1300 883 793 (Mon-Fri between 9am and 5pm). If you are viewing this website on a smartphone or tablet, you will need to save the form on your phone/tablet to show to the staff at an SA Pathology Patient Collection Centre.
Step 4 Visit a SA Pathology Patient Collection Centre to provide your sample. Locations are listed on the test request form or click here for locations.
The specimen will only be tested for chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
- It is important that you don't pass urine for 1 hour before your test.
- When you arrive, give the printed form to the SA Pathology staff or show them the form on your smartphone or tablet.
- You will be provided with a small pot for your urine sample and given instructions about how to provide the sample.
- Go to the bathroom and do a urine sample in the pot provided.
- Give your sample back to the SA Pathology staff.
Do the online screening questionnaire
Click the red "Get Checked Now" button below to begin the free online screening questionnaire.
What to expect after the test
What you can expect after visiting the SA Pathology Centre
- Your test result will be followed up by a sexual health nurse at SHine SA.
- Your test result should be available in 2-3 working days within the Adelaide metropolitan area and 3-5 working days in country areas.
- You will only be contacted if you have a positive test. If you haven't heard from the nurse and want to know about the result anyway or for any other question or concerns, please call SHine SA on 1300 883 793.
If your test is positive, you will need to visit a doctor to be treated with antibiotics. The SHine SA nurse will discuss this with you when they contact you.
If you have chlamydia, it is treated with a single dose of an antibiotic called azithromycin (2 tablets).
If you have gonorrhoea you will be treated with an antibiotic called ceftriaxone (an antibiotic injection).
If you need either of these antibiotics, you will need to avoid sex for one week after treatment so you don’t pass on the infection to anyone else or become reinfected yourself.
It is important to let your sexual partner(s) know that you have had an STI. If you feel comfortable, you can tell them in person or SMS, email or call them. If you don’t want to tell them in person, this website will allow you to send an anonymous email, SMS or letter. Another option is to ask the SHine SA nurse or your doctor to contact your partner(s).
If you need to be treated for chlamydia and/or gonorrhoea, you should have a follow-up test (six weeks after the treatment for chlamydia, and one week after for gonorrhoea). The SHine SA nurse will explain this when they contact you.
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