Wondering if you should get tested for chlamydia? Read our reasons why you should take a chlamydia test below!
Chlamydia is the country’s most common STI
There is a lot of chlamydia in England! In fact over 200,000 chlamydia diagnoses were made in sexual health services last year and it made up 49% of all new sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses.
It’s often symptomless
Symptoms of chlamydia aren’t always obvious, and the majority of people don’t notice any symptoms at all. If you do have symptoms, these may include pain when weeing, unusual discharge from the vagina or discharge from the penis, pain in the stomach and pain in the testicles.
Testing is super quick, easy and painless
And it’s easy to treat too!
If you test positive, you’ll just need to take a course of antibiotics (four tablets in total) and refrain from sex (vaginal, oral and anal) for a week or until you’ve completed your treatment.
If left untreated it can cause problems
If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of your body and lead to long-term health problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), inflammation of the testicles, and infertility. It can also sometimes cause reactive arthritis.
You can get it from oral or anal sex too
Yep, chlamydia can be spread from giving or receiving oral or anal sex too. Visit the sexual health clinic at Cobridge Community Health Centre for a rectal or oral swab to test for chlamydia.
Don’t forget, the best way to protect yourself against chlamydia and other STIs is to use a dental dam or condom for oral sex and a condom for vaginal and anal sex. We advise that you visit a sexual health clinic for a full STI test between each sexual partner.