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