What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK.
How do you know if you have Chlamydia?
The problem is that most people don’t have any signs or symptoms so you don’t know you have it and can be passing the infection onto others through unprotected sex.
Is there a test you can have?
Yes there is, the test is painless, free, simple, and completely confidential and we are only looking for Chlamydia not any other infection or substances.
All you need to do is give you a urine sample or a self-taken vaginal swab. You will be asked to fill out a form, we must have a way of contacting you with your results, this can be your mobile number or your home address.
We will contact you within 2 weeks of your test with your result. You may receive a text asking you to get in touch with us (this does not always mean a positive result) please follow the instructions in the text.
If you have a positive result the Nurse will arrange free treatment for you (usually 4 antibiotic tablets and will be ask not to have sex for 7 days).
One of our Nurses will ring you a week or so later to check if you managed to take your medication and didn’t have sex for 7 days following treatment.
They will also ask you for the names of other people you have had sex with and we can contact them for you if you don’t want to (but we are not allowed to tell anyone your name), and offer them free treatment too.
Where can I have a test?
We offer free confidential Chlamydia Screening at all of our clinics. You will be offerred a test each time you attend.
You do not need to have an appointment to get a Chalmydia test - just ask at our clinic reception.
If you do not want to attend a clinic you can also access a FREE postal testing kit from www.best2know.co.uk or by texting 'BEST' to 82540 - this is a self test and will be sent to the address you supply.
If Chlamydia is not treated it can cause infertility (being unable to have children), the infection can spread to other parts of the body and cause pain.
This risk increases the more times you get the infection and the longer you have it without having treatment.
So remember, the sooner you test the sooner you can get free treatment. We can also provide free treatment for anyone else (under 25) you have recently had sex with.