Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK affecting both men and women.
Most people with Chlamydia have no symptoms, but it could have long-term consequences for your health. To keep yourself safe you should do a test everytime you have a new sexual partner.
How does the test work?
The test is easy to use and you can do it yourself at home. Just pee into a pot if you are male or take a vaginal swab if you are female. Then either pop it in the post, using the pre-paid envelope, or, hand it back to the testing venue. The sample will be processed and you will receive your results in ten working days.
What if it comes back positive?
You will be called by a nurse who will arrange for you to get treatment. Treatment is a one-off dose of antibiotics and is normally free.
What else should I be aware of?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection
Sexually active young people aged 15-24 are at highest risk
Chlamydia often has no symptoms and can have serious health consequences such as;
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Tubal factor infertility
- Link to male infertility
Why is there a Chlamydia Screening Programme?
There has been a national screening programme in England since 2003.
- Reduce onward transmission to sexual partners
- Prevent the consequences of untreated infection
- Ensure all sexually active under 25 year olds are informed about chlamydia, and have access to sexual health services that can reduce risk of infection or transmission
- Normalise the idea of regular chlamydia screening among young adults so they expect to be screened annually or when they change partner
Tests are available at a range of community services such as:
- General Practice
- Community Sexual Health Services
- School Health services
- Walk-in services
- Minor Injuries
- Antenatal screening
- Online testing