Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea Testing & Treatment

Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea Testing & Treatment

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are both very common bacterial infections that are sexually transmitted that can be very easily treated with antibiotics. Often these infections can be present with no symptoms and if left untreated they can cause potential long term problems including affecting fertility.

Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea

Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea are Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) which means they can be passed on by unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom), sharing sex toys and mutual masturbation.

Chlamydia is particularly common in young people aged under 25.

It can take up to 2 weeks after sexual contact for a test to pick up these infections therefore it may be necessary to repeat the tests to cover any window periods. We advise to screen regularly, particularly after any partner changes.

Symptoms

They can often have no symptoms, this means that people don’t know that they have the infection and so can pass it on without realising.

Only about 30% of women and 50% of men do show symptoms for Chlamydia and these can include:

-Pain when passing urine (having a wee)

-Lower abdominal pain (tummy)

-Pain in your testicles for males

-Unusual bleeding after sex or between periods for females

-Any unusual discharge for males and females

If you have any of these symptoms it is important to get them checked as soon as you can by visiting one of our clinics.

Untreated Chlamydia can lead to painful complications for both men and women and serious health problems including infertility (not being able to have a baby) so it is really important to get tested if you are sexually active or have been in the past.

Self taken samples

Testing and treatment for Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea is quick, easy, free & confidential.

Testing for Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea involves an easy test that you can do yourself. Depending on body parts; If you have a penis you provide a urine sample or if you have a vagina you do a self taken vaginal swab.

You will need to fill out a form with some information about yourself so that you can be contacted with your result. Most people choose to get a text message with their result.

If you have a positive Chlamydia test (meaning that you do have the infection) you can be treated with antibiotics which will clear the infection in seven days as long as you keep to treatment.  You can get these free and confidentially from selected pharmacies or from SHAC.

-You can get a self-testing kit at various locations across the city, see here for a list

-You can also register to get a Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test kit sent to your home – please click here  (The test kit will be sent to you free and confidentially (which means we won’t tell anybody that you’ve requested a testing kit). We’ll send the kit to you in a plain envelope. Simply follow the instructions carefully, then return it by post in the free-post envelope provided)

Oral sex and sexually transmitted infections

Information about oral sex, the risk of getting and passing on sexually transmitted infections through oral sex, how to get tested and treated if you think you have an infection, and how to protect yourself can all be found on the Sexwise website

Many people believe you cannot get a sexually transmitted infection through oral sex, but it is possible.