Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually-transmitted infections in the UK. It is one of the most easily treated and tested and yet many people do not know they are infected. Testing for chlamydia simply involves giving a urine sample – it is totally painless and results will be available with a day. If you are found to be positive for chlamydia, a prescription can be provided if required and you will follow-up with the doctor for further testing to ensure that the infection has cleared.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, with the number of cases doubling over the last ten years. It is now the most commonly diagnosed STI, and is particularly prevalent in people under the age of 25 but there is a growing number of cases of chlamydia in individuals over 40 (as with all sexually-transmitted diseases).
Symptoms of chlamydia include abnormal discharge and pain during intercourse or urination. However, one of the reasons chlamydia is spreading so fast is that in many cases, infected people will not show any symptoms. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility.
Chlamydia Test FAQs:
Do I need to give a urine sample before I arrive?
No. You will need to avoid urinating for two hours before your appointment and the doctor will advise you on how to provide a “first-catch” urine sample, which is what is required for accurate Chlamydia testing.