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Chlamydia Home Testing
Chlamydia is the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in the UK. The number of new diagnoses has been steadily increasing each year since the mid-1990s. As a result of this 'silent epidemic', it is estimated that up to one in ten sexually active young people are infected.
Chlamydia is known as a 'silent' disease because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. It is vital to be tested for Chlamydia as it can cause serious long term damage if it goes untreated.
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How chlamydia is treated and why treatment is so important.
Chlamydia is passed on from one person to another during intimate sexual contact. You can catch Chlamydia through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex, or by having genital contact with an infected partner.
Chlamydia can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.
As it is common for someone with the chlamydia infection not to have symptoms, it is possible for him or her to infect a partner without knowing. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
Women might notice abnormal vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods or during or after sex, pain with sex or when passing urine and lower abdominal pain.
Men might notice white/cloudy, watery discharge from the tip of the penis, burning sensation when urinating, pain and swelling in the testicles.
If the infection is in the eye or rectum, you may experience discomfort, pain or discharge. Chlamydia in the throat is uncommon and usually has no symptoms.
Health experts recommend yearly Chlamydia testing of all sexually active women age 25 or younger, older women with risk factors (those who have a new sex partner or multiple sex partners), and all pregnant women.
Our service provides an accurate and convenient way to get tested for chlamydia without leaving home. The test is a simple and painless urine based test, with results normally ready within two to three working days of your sample arriving at the laboratory.
If you test positive we will provide you with an appropriate treatment free of charge
Please note that the test is unlikely to pick up signs of chlamydia infection if you caught chlamydia within the last two weeks.
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Chlamydia is very easy to treat using antibiotics, commonly, azithromycin and doxycycline.
To avoid reinfection, any sexual partners should be treated too. If your partner has tested positive, Firstmed can prescribe treatment without testing following an online consultation with our doctor.
Sex After Treatment
Don't have unprotected sex for at least seven days after you have completed this course of chlamydia treatment.
What happens if it isn't treated?
Without treatment, the infection can cause serious long-term health problems, including infertility.
In women, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy (when a pregnancy develops outside the womb, usually in the fallopian tube), blocked fallopian tubes (the tubes that carry the egg from ovary to womb), long-term pelvic pain.
In men, chlamydia can lead to painful infection in the testicles and possibly reduced fertility.