Chlamydia

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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted bacterial infection, transmitted through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex and unwashed/unprotected sex toys but can also be transmitted during pregnancy or birth.

Symptoms

Chlamydia can cause heavier discharge in men and women and pain or discomfort when you wee. It can also cause pain or swelling in the testicles in men. In women it can cause  pain in the lower part of the abdomen as well as abnormal vaginal bleeding. Often however there are no symptoms. It is a common infection but left untreated can be passed onto sexual partners and in females may lead to infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Tests for 16 - 24 year olds

If you're between 16 and 24 you can:

You'll just need to provide a urine sample or swab.

Getting your results

We will send you your results by text message. If it's positive you will need to give us a call so that we can refer you to your nearest sexual health clinic or pharmacy to collect your medication. You may also receive a message from the sexual health service to tell you that you will be contacted by a third party (the Kent Community Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust chlamydia team).

Order a test kit online

Pick up a test kit

Results

Tests for people over 24

If you're over 24, you'll need to go to your nearest clinic to be tested.

Treatment and retesting

If you do have chlamydia it can be treated with antibiotics. You'll be encouraged to notify anyone you've had sex with in the last 3 months so they can also be tested. You'll also need to avoid sex with your current partner(s) until they've been tested and treated as well.

We'll contact you again after 3 months to offer you another test to make sure the treatment has worked and that you haven't caught chlamydia again.