What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common STI that can be caught or passed on by having unprotected sex.
The best way to prevent catching or passing on Chlamydia is by using condoms and getting tested regularly.
It’s important to get tested for STIs like Chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partners. If left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems in both men and women.
What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?
The symptoms of Chlamydia are often missed, which is why you should get tested every year or when you change sexual partners. It’s also important to be aware that if you develop any symptoms, they can include pain when urinating, unusual discharge, and pain in the tummy for women or pain in the penis for men. If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to more serious health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility.
What does the Chlamydia test involve?
The Chlamydia test is simple and painless, plus it’s also very reliable.
The test involves giving either a urine sample or a swab test.
– For the urine sample, you will need to collect a sample of your pee in a sample pot.
– The swab test involves gently wiping a small cotton bud on the potentially infected area; this could be inside the anus or vagina.
– If you are pregnant, it’s important that you don’t take these tests because they might harm your baby’s health during pregnancy and birth (even though there is no risk for those who aren’t pregnant).
Men normally provide a urine sample but women usually have either a swab or urine test. You can take a urine test or swab test at Guildhall Pharmacy and the results will be ready in 7-10 days.
If the test shows you have Chlamydia, you’ll be able to start treatment.
Our friendly staff will help answer any questions about our services and make sure everything goes smoothly from start to finish. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can start treatment and avoid serious health consequences.