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.
GP Surgeries and Community Pharmacies:
You can get a FREE Chlamydia test from some community pharmacies and most GP Surgeries (under 25’s only). See all GP Surgeries & Community Pharmacies along with services provided through the Service Finder Tool
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.
Need to speak to someone?
If you need further advice, or if this page hasn’t answered your questions then get in contact with your local bSHaW Sexual Health Clinic for a friendly chat.
Call 0300 303 2880 to book an appointment or use our service finder to locate your nearest clinic.