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Chlamydia screening test

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. It is most common in men and women under 25. Most people who have it do not have symptoms.

The bacteria that causes chlamydia is found in the semen, vaginal fluids and throat of people who have the infection. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through unprotected sex (not using a condom).

Any form of unprotected sex can put you at risk of catching chlamydia, including oral sex (but not simply kissing).


If you are aged between 15 - 25 years old, you can request a free Chlamydia self testing kit. Please complete this short form to access it. 

 

Why is chlamydia a problem? 

If chlamydia is not treated it can cause pain in the pelvis, infertility (being unable to have children) and ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes). The risk is increased if you get the infection again and again.

Even if you don’t have symptoms of chlamydia infection you can still pass the infection on to others. 

Typical symptoms include:

  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain when peeing or having sex
  • bleeding after sex or between periods
  • pelvic pain (pain in the lower part of the stomach) or painful testicles

If you have any of these symptoms you should see a health professional, even if you have tested negative for chlamydia as you may have a different infection.

 

How do I test for Chlamydia?

Patients aged 15-24 can ask their local Pharmacy/GP within the Croydon area for a free Chlamydia test kit.

If you are aged between 15 - 25 years old, you can request a free Chlamydia self testing kit, please complete this short form to access it. 

Frequently asked questions

What is chlamydia?

 

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. It is most common in men and women under 25. Most people who have it do not have symptoms.

 

The bacteria that causes chlamydia is found in the semen, vaginal fluids and throat of people who have the infection. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through unprotected sex (not using a condom).

 

Any form of unprotected sex can put you at risk of catching chlamydia, including oral sex (but not simply kissing).

 

Why is chlamydia a problem?

 

If chlamydia is not treated it can cause pain in the pelvis, infertility (being unable to have children) and ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in the fallopian tubes). The risk is increased if you get the infection again and again.

 

Even if you don’t have symptoms of chlamydia infection you can still pass the infection on to others. 

 

Typical symptoms include:

  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain when peeing or having sex
  • bleeding after sex or between periods
  • pelvic pain (pain in the lower part of the stomach) or painful testicles

 

If you have any of these symptoms you should see a health professional, even if you have tested negative for chlamydia as you may have a different infection.

 

How do I test for chlamydia?

 

This pack includes a test kit and instructions. You simply do a self-taken vaginal swab or a urine sample. This sample will also be tested for gonorrhoea. This is also a treatable infection like chlamydia.

 

If you want to have the test you will have to complete the Test Form in the pack. We ask for your address and mobile number on the form so that we can contact you with your results. We will not share your personal contact details with anyone else.

 

How do I get my result?

 

You will get your result (negative or positive) by text message within 14 days of sending away the test. If your test comes back positive (showing infection) you will be asked to attend the Sexual Health Centre on the Croydon Hospital site, London Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 & 7YE.

 

These infections can be treated with antibiotics. If your test shows you are positive the people you have had sex with recently will also need to be tested and/or treated.

 

If you do not receive a text message after 14 days, then please contact us on 0208 401 3008: There may have been a problem with the mobile phone network.

 

How do I protect myself from chlamydia and other STIs?

  • Use condoms every time you have sex and check the instructions in the packet if you are unsure how to use condoms correctly
  • If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom or the vagina with a plastic ‘dam’
  • Have a chlamydia test each time you have a new sexual partner

Contact Us

Angie Smith - GUM/Health Clinic

E: Ch-tr.cspcroydon@nhs.net

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