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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in the UK.

You or your partner can have chlamydia and not have any symptoms – so it is very important that you have a test.

  • What is chlamydia?
  • How do I get tested and where do I go?
  • How do I get the test results?
  • What do I do if I have chlamydia?

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacteria.

Chlamydia can affect both men and women.
70% of women infected with chlamydia don’t know it.
50% of men infected with chlamydia don’t know it.

Most people won’t have any obvious signs or symptoms or only get mild symptoms which they might not notice.

Approximately 70% of young women and 50% of young men have no symptoms of Chlamydia.

If left untreated chlamydia may cause longer term health problems including, infertility (not being able to have a baby), and pain, especially in the abdomen, the area below your belly button.

How do I get tested and where do I go?

If you are 15 to 24 years old:

- All you have to do is ‘pee in a pot’ – a quick urine test.

- To get a test, you can go to the NHS Croydon walk-in centre, GP, pharmacy or order a home testing kit for free from the

Check Urself website.

If you are under 15 or over 24:

- you can still have a test by speaking to your GP or going to the sexual health clinic here at Mayday Hospital.

How do I get the test results?

Results will be sent by text, phone call or letter – whichever you prefer.

What do I do if I have chlamydia?

It can be treated quickly and easily with antibiotics - usually just one dose. You can get the antibiotics for free from local pharmacies or the sexual health clinic at Mayday Hospital. All tests and discussions about chlamydia or your sexual health are strictly confidential.

For further information on chlamydia please log onto http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/index.htm

For information on the opening times of Mayday’s sexual health clinic, which is part of the Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) service, click here.

NHS Direct Department of Health

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