Bournemouth and Poole Chlamydia Screening Programme for
Approximately 1 in 14 sexually active under 25s have Chlamydia and most will have no symptoms
What is Chlamydia?
- Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) in the UK.
- It is a bacterial infection easily passed from one person to another through unprotected sex (not using a condom).
- It is known as the 'silent' infection, as many do not know they even have it as there are usually no symptoms, but it can still cause damage.
- Chlamydia can affect anyone who is sexually active but is most common in under 25's.
- If left untreated, it can cause long term complications such as infertility.
When am I at risk of getting Chlamydia?
You can get Chlamydia from any form of sexual contact including:
- Vaginal sex
- Oral sex
- Anal sex
- Sharing sex toys
- Mutual masturbation
The test for Chlamydia is simple - it's quick and painless and you do it yourself - there is no examination!
How can I protect myself?
Even if you are careful you can't reduce the risk of catching Chlamydia completely, but if you are sexually active there are precautions you can take that will make it much less likely that you will catch Chlamydia:
- Use condoms every time you have sex
- If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom
- Each time you have a new sexual partner, both of you should have a Chlamydia test
- Have a test every year whilst you are still under 25
- Avoid sharing sex toys, if you do wash them or cover them with a new condom each time
- Avoiding overlapping sexual partners
75% of women and 50% of men with Chlamydia do not have symptoms
What are the Symptoms?
Most people with Chlamydia will have no symptoms at all, but for people who do the symptoms are:
- Unusual Discharge
- Pain when passing urine
- Pain during sex
- Bleeding after sex or in between periods
- Lower stomach pain (in women) or painful testicles (in men)
If you have any of these symptoms, you should have a full sexual health screen at a GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) clinic, as soon as possible. Click here for clinic details.
Any questions? Call us now on 0844 800 4846
What if I leave it, untreated?
Chlamydia that is left untreated can cause:
- Infertility in both men and women
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Ectopic pregnancies
Very rarely Chlamydia can cause a form of arthritis particularly in men.
What if I am pregnant?
The Chlamydia test and treatment is safe to take whilst you are pregnant. We recommend testing because:
- It can cause premature birth, eye or chest infections in newborns
- Untreated Chlamydia can cause ectopic pregnancies and an increased risk of infertility in the future
What is the test for Chlamydia?
If you choose to take a test it is free, confidential and painless.
There is a simple and effective test that can detect Chlamydia:
- For women it's a self taken vaginal swab
- For men it's a urine test
You will be asked to fill in a form, so that you can be contacted with your result by text, letter or email.
Click here to request a test to do at home.
When do I get my result?
After you have taken your test, the test is sent to the hospital lab for analysis. It can take up to 10 days for your result to come through.
What is the treatment for Chlamydia?
- For treatment of Chlamydia you will receive a free course of antibiotics
- You should not have any sex until 7 days after you take the treatment
- Partners should also be tested and treated as soon as possible
How do I get a Chlamydia Test?
- Click here to order a postal kit online and we will send the kit to you
- Contact the Chlamydia Screening Office on 0844 800 4846 Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
- Make an appointment at your nearest sexual health clinic. Click here to see our clinics
If you would like to speak to anyone confidentially about Chlamydia please call Chlamydia Screening Office on 0844 800 4846, Mon-Fri between 10am - 4pm.