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

It is very easy to test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and current tests are highly sensitive. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be present in the urethra, vagina, rectum and throat and we can test from all these sites. Both Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea are very infectious and can be transmitted without having full penetrative sex even if condoms are used. It can take up to 2 weeks after sexual contact for a test to pick up these infections therefore it may be neccessary to repeat the tests to cover any window periods. We advise to screen regularly, particularly after any partner changes.

Self taken samples

In people with no symptoms you may not even need to be examined and can take your own samples. This can be as simple as a urine test for people with a penis and a self taken low vaginal swab for people with a vagina.

U25s can contact us for a chlamydia test kit on SC-TR.BrightonCASH@nhs.net. Email your name, address and date of birth and a 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 fill out the form and complete the test following the instructions carefully. Then return it by post in the freepost envelope provided.

Symptoms

In men symptoms can include discharge, pain on passing urine and pain in the testicles. In women symptoms can include a change in vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods or after sex and pain during sex.