Chlamydia is a bacterial infection and the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. It is particularly prevalent among young people, but a growing number of people over the age of forty are testing positive. The infection rarely carries symptoms, but can be transmitted nonetheless. Due to its frequently asymptomatic nature, it is important to test for chlamydia, in order to avoid passing it on to a partner and to avoid developing complications. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause more serious conditions such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymo-orchitis (inflammation of the testicles), and infertility.
When should I get tested?
Specifically, in terms of chlamydia, you should get tested if you notice symptoms of abnormal discharge, and pain during intercourse or urination. Given that the condition is often asymptomatic, however, it is always advised that you get tested after having unprotected sex with a new partner.
What does the test include?
The test for chlamydia is a simple urine test. The healthcare professional will send your sample to the laboratory for testing.