Chlamydia! What is it all about?
Chlamydia is caused by a type of bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis and it is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the UK. It won’t cause any problems if it is found and treated early and it is relatively easy to treat.
However, it can cause problems if it is left untreated. These could be infertility (difficulty becoming pregnant), ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy in the fallopian tube) and low abdominal pain caused by pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women.
In men, chlamydia can cause painful, swollen testicles (epididymo-orchitis).
Half of men will not have any obvious symptoms. If they do have symptoms, the most common are tingling or pain when passing urine or discharge (liquid) from the end of the penis.
70-80% of women will not have any obvious symptoms. If they do have symptoms, there might be pain passing urine, pain during sex, tummy pain, bleeding between periods or an increase or change in vaginal discharge.
Chlamydia is passed from one person to another during unprotected sex- this includes vaginal, oral and anal sex. You can catch it from sex toys if you do not wash them or cover them with a new condom each time they are used.
We recommend having a test with every change of partner and episode of unprotected sex or every year if in a fulltime relationship.
How and Where do i get tested?
At the East Laith Gate House clinic we offer Chlamydia screening to people aged 19 and over who have no symptoms by a drop box system where you can walk into the toilets situated at the back of clinic, in there you will find urine bottles (male toilets) and swabs (female toilets) there are signs with the simple instructions on how to complete the kits.
We also offer postal kit Chlamydia testing to 16-24 year olds, to do this all you need to do is visit the website and order free of charge from there tficlear.co.uk.
for more information please click the link FPA website