Chlamydia is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection which is treatable. It’s passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom). It is most common in young people aged 16- 24.Therefore, young people who are sexually active, should be screened. We offer FREE chlamydia screening for under 24s.
Most people who have chlamydia do not notice any symptoms, and therefore, do not know they have it. If you do get signs or symptoms, these usually appear between one and three weeks of having unprotected sex with an infected person.
It may be any of the following:
- Unusual vaginal discharge
- Need to urinate more often
- Pain while having sex or urinating
- Lower abdominal pain or cramps
- Bleeding after sex or bleeding between periods
- Discharge from penis which is clear or cloudy
- Pain or burning sensation while urinating
- Irritation at the tip of the penis
- Painful and swollen testicles ( balls)
If chlamydia is left untreated in women, it can spread to the womb, and can result in complications such as infertility pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy (baby grows outside the womb), early miscarriage or premature birth.
In men it can cause complications such as painful infection in the balls (testicles), epididymitis, inflamed prostate and reduced fertility.
This test is pain free, simple and confidential.
Simply come in and ask about the service. One of our staff will take you into our consultation room and will give you a chlamydia screening form to fill in. Then, you only need to provide us with your urine sample on site. The form and the urine sample are posted to the lab.
The lab will test it and send you the result by whichever method you ticked on the form, whether it be a text message, email or letter.
If you have a positive result, do not worry. Chlamydia infections are treatable.
We offer FREE chlamydia treatment for anyone between the ages of 12-24 years who have a positive chlamydia test. We also treat partners of patients with a positive chlamydia screening from above 12 years of age. You will get a confidential consultation with our Pharmacist who will then provide treatment if needed.
Chlamydia is usually treated with antibiotics. Antibiotics are very effective for treating chlamydia. There are two antibiotics that are used to treat chlamydia:
- Azithromycin (a single dose)
- Doxycycline (usually two capsules daily for one week)
You should not have sex for at least one week after you have finished your treatment. You may need to avoid having sex for longer if your sexual partner has not been treated so that you do not become re-infected. If you test positive for chlamydia, it’s important that your current sexual partner and any other recent sexual partners (within past 6 months) are also tested and treated.