Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. It is the most widespread infection in young people under 25 years old, but it also affects older people, with a growing number of people over 40 testing positive. It is caused by bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis that can be found in semen of infected men or vaginal fluids of infected women. You can get infected by having unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex with an infected person.
According to research, 50% of men and 70-80% of women will not have any symptoms when infected by chlamydia. If symptoms occur they may include:
Pain when passing urine,
Discharge from penis, vagina or rectum,
Bleeding in between periods or after sex in women.
A chlamydia test is quick and painless. You will receive your results the next working day. If you are tested positive for chlamydia the treatment would require course of antibiotics.
Chlamydia test checklist:
Cost - £90
Turnaround time: 24 hours
Sample required: urine (swab also possible where needed)
Before appointment: hold urine for 2 hours
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis.
How is chlamydia transmitted?
Chlamydia is transmitted through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex. You can also get infected by sharing sex toys with an infected person. A chlamydia positive mother can pass the infection to her child during pregnancy.
Why is chlamydia dangerous?
If untreated, chlamydia in men can develop to painful infection of testicles and can reduce fertility. In women it can spread to reproductive organs causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID in later stages can lead to infertility or ectopic pregnancy.
When should I get tested?
You should always get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) when:
You are noticing unusual symptoms,
You have had unprotected sex,
A partner has informed you that they have an STI,
You are starting a new sexual relationship,
You want to start a family.
What is important to know before being tested?
You should refrain from releasing urine for up to 2 hours before the appointment to get the most accurate results. The other specifics of testing can be discussed during your appointment with the doctor.
How is chlamydia treated?
Chlamydia is easily treated by a course of antibiotics. We will provide you with a prescription where needed.