What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a highly infectious sexually transmitted infection
(STI), and is the most prevalent STI in the UK.
The age group most at risk are 16 – 24 year olds.
After visiting your doctor or health centre
for a test, your local Chlamydia Screening Office, if
you tested positive for Chlamydia, contact will be made
with you within 10 days of testing and an appointment made for
you to receive treatment.
Within Redbridge, the sample is also tested
for gonorrhoea. The rates of gonorrhoea infection are
Redbridge PCT, therefore, feel that as they have the
opportunity to test for both STIs this is a worthwhile measure to
take to protect the borough’s sexually active young people.
Treatment will be arranged for you as a young person in the
same way if you tested positive for Chlamydia.
For more information visit the
Worthtalkingabout website or alternatively, you can
speak to your local GP or pharmacist.
Getting tested for Chlamydia
How can I get tested?
All you need to do for a Chlamydia test is give a urine sample
(pee in a pot). The testing is confidential and you will usually
get the test results through a phone call or text message. Don't
worry if you're test is positive; treatment for Chlamydia is very
Where can I get tested?
In a sexual health clinic: They will give you a pot to pee in
and send off the sample for you.
In a pharmacy
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
If you live in Barking, Dagenham or Redbridge you can order a
kit to be sent home to you. You fill out a piece of paper and
return the pack with the urine sample. Check out the Free Test website
to order your free kit.
In an outreach clinic
Sometimes you can meet people running Chlamydia tests in places
like clubs and leisure centres.