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Chlamydia Screening – free & confidential

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Cornwall and the UK, with 1 in 12 young people testing positive.

It is possible to catch Chlamydia from any type of sex. It is also possible to catch Chlamydia from someone even if you only have sex once.

Unfortunately, 50% of men and 70% of women that have Chlamydia don’t have any symptoms meaning that many people are unaware that they are infected.

If left untreated, long-term health complications can arise such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), reactive arthritis, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

However, if you do develop symptoms, you may experience:

  • pain when urinating
  • unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum (back passage)
  • in women, pain in the tummy, bleeding during or after sex, and bleeding between periods
  • in men, pain and swelling in the testicles

If left untreated, long-term health complications can arise such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), reactive arthritis, ectopic pregnancy and infertility.

Fortunately, Chlamydia is easy to test for and even easier to treat. Men only need to provide a urine sample and women a self-administered vaginal swab. Results are usually then delivered by text within 7-10 days but can also be delivered by phone or post if requested.

Treatment typically involves a single dose of antibiotics and is free for under 25s and their partners.

If you believe you might have Chlamydia and would like to organise a sexual health check with your local sexual health service, please call 01872 255044.

Alternatively, you can visit your GP and ask for a Chlamydia test or those between the ages of 15-24 can order a free, confidential, postal Chlamydia testing kit through www.freetest.me – a quick and discreet service that allows young people to test from the comfort of their own home.

Added on November 5, 2016, in News - Sexual Health