Chlamydia Screening Programme
For people aged between 15-24 years of age in Sefton
- Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK.
- When tested, 1 in 14 people aged between 15-24 were found to have chlamydia
- Just because you don’t have any symptoms does not mean you don’t have it.
- It may only take one episode of unprotected intercourse with an infected person to catch Chlamydia. A simple test can confirm if you have Chlamydia and it can be easily treated with antibiotics.
What Is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) affecting both men and women and can be transmitted through unprotected oral, vaginal and anal sex.
Chlamydia cannot be passed on through kissing, by sharing towels, cutlery, cups or plates, or sitting on toilet seats. It is not easily noticed and can lead onto more serious problems if left untreated such as problems trying to conceive a baby (men & women) and lower abdomen (below your belly button) pain which is why it is important to get tested.
Most people who have Chlamydia have no symptoms. However, in some cases it may cause
Women to suffer from:
- vaginal discharge different to usual
- pain when peeing or during sex
- pain in pelvis or lower abdomen
- any irregular bleeding between periods or during sex
Men to suffer from:
- discharge from tip of penis
- pain and/or burning when peeing
- irritation at the tip of the penis
- painful swelling of the balls (testicles)
Why Get Tested
Across the country, all sexually active people aged between 15-24 years of age are being encouraged to be tested for Chlamydia.
(If you’re 25 or over see the STI section of this website for details on how you can get checked out.)
Chlamydia is the most common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) 1 in 14 people aged between 15-24 years of age who have been tested are infected with Chlamydia.
What Does The Test Involve
The test is quite straightforward.
Males will be given a sample bottle in which they will be asked to collect a sample of urine.
Females will be given a swab to take a sample from their vagina.
Don’t worry, there are full instructions on how to use these bottles/swabs in the packs sent out with the postal kits.
You will be asked if you wish for your urine sample to be tested for gonorrhoea (another common STI) as well as chlamydia.
Where Can I Get A Chlamydia Test?
Visit a service
Chlamydia testing in Sefton is available in a number of settings for all age groups. For people aged between 15-24 years of age, it is available from any of the Sefton Sexual Health Service clinics and some GPs and local community pharmacists. It is advised to phone ahead to check availability. If you are over 25 years or older, you can still be tested at any Sefton Sexual Health clinic.
Alternatively, if there are no services in your area, or you have difficulty getting to a Sefton Sexual Health clinic, you can order a Chlamydia test online now by filling out the form on this website. A kit will then be posted out to you within the next 14 days. Kits are easy to use and contain simple instructions. Please remember that the postal kits are only available for people aged between 16-24 years of age.
Request a Chlamydia testing kit
This test is for people aged between 16-24 years of age who have no symptoms and who live in Sefton.
Please enter your details on the Send my free kit now button on our homepage so that we may post a kit out to you. We will keep your details confidential. If you have any problems please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To see list of locations in Sefton, click here.
For Lancashire residents, please see www.best2know.co.uk
YOU MAY ONLY REQUEST A TEST FOR YOURSELF
others must request their own kit.
How Does The Test Work?
STI testing is free and painless.
It is confidential too which means we won’t tell anyone you’ve been tested, not even your GP, without your consent.
The test is very simple you will not need to be examined.
What Happens If I Have Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics which are free.
It should be treated as early as possible to prevent future complications.
After treatment, to stop getting another Chlamydia infection, remember to use a condom and ask your partner to get tested.
You can get free condoms from any Sefton Sexual Health Service clinic or if you’re under 19, anywhere where you see the C Card logo.
What Happens If I Don’t Have Chlamydia?
To stop getting Chlamydia and other STIs in the future, use a condom every time you have sex.
Remember, it’s a good idea to have a test every six months, just see it as part of your normal health check, like going to the dentist! Also, we always recommend you have a test if you have a change in sexual partners.