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Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK, affecting both men and women, in particular among young people aged between 16 - 24 years old.

Most people don’t experience any symptoms so are unaware they are infected. The only way to find out is to take a test - once it’s been diagnosed, chlamydia can easily be treated.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms of chlamydia could be pain when you urinate (pee), unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum or, in women, bleeding between periods or after sex. Read more information about chlamydia symptoms on the NHS Choices website.

Why get tested?

You should be tested for chlamydia annually especially if you have ever had unsafe/unprotected sex and/or change sexual partners. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body.

Getting tested for chlamydia?

  • If you are under 25 years old you can get a free confidential chlamydia test which will involve a urine test (pee in a pot) or swab test. The testing is confidential and you will usually get the test results through a phone call or text message.
  • If you are over 25 and concerned about chlamydia, see your local GP or pharmacist or visit a Sexual Health Clinic. More information on the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust website.  

You don’t always have to have a physical examination by a nurse or doctor. Find out more about getting a chlamydia test on the NHS Choices website.

Where to get tested?

Sexual health clinic: They will give you a pot to pee in and send off the sample for you.

Pharmacy: Visit your local pharmacy or GP. They will give you the pot and you can usually choose whether you want to take the test there or at home.

Home test kit: Order a free home test kit online from the Terrance Higgins Trust Young & Free website.

Note: The Council and Terrance Higgins Trust want to know what you think about the service so please complete a short online survey (it will take two minutes to complete).

Outreach clinic: Find chlamydia screening services in your area by entering your postcode or selecting your region on the National Screening Chlamydia Programme website.

More information

For more information visit the NHS Choices ‘Chlamydia’ website and see the related websites section below.

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