What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI in the UK, being most common in people under 25. It affects both men and women. Most people have no symptoms, so will not know they have it.
If left untreated Chlamydia can lead to serious long-term problems and cause pain, especially in the abdomen, and may lead to ectopic (tubal) pregnancy and male and female infertility (not being able to have a baby). However, it is easily cured with antibiotics. Your partner or any recent sexual contacts must also be treated as they may be infected as well.
Remember, the only way to protect against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections is to use a condom every time you have sex.
How do I get tested?
The test is quick and easy and you can do it yourself. Men will be asked to give a urine sample and women can do the test themselves by taking a swab from their lower vagina.
Can I order a kit online?
Click here to order a FREE Chlamydia screening test kit* that you can do yourself at home and send back in the post. This service is completely confidential.
*Please note: you must be aged 15 to 24 to get a free postal kit but anyone who is 25 and over can go to their local sexual health clinic for full STI testing.
GP Surgeries and Community Pharmacies:
You can get a FREE Chlamydia test from some community pharmacies and most GP Surgeries (under 25’s only). Use the Service Finder Tool to find out where.
Sexual Health Clinics:
Don’t forget you can get tests for all STIs at your local sexual health clinic. bSHaW (Buckinghamshire Sexual Health and Wellbeing) can offer confidential advice, testing and support, Phone to make an appointment on 0300 303 2880.
This page was last updated on September 8, 2017