Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom. The NHS recommend sexually active men and women, aged 25 and under have a chlamydia test at least once a year, or when you have sex with a new partner. It is recommended to test even if you do not have any symptoms.
Many people who have contracted Chlamydia do not realise they have it as they aren't experiencing any symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may include:
- Pain while passing urine
- Unusual discharge
- Women may experience pain in the abdomen, bleeding after sex and bleeding between periods.
- Men may experience pain and swelling in the testicles
Chlamydia is easy to treat but lack of treatment can lead to a serious infection if it is not treated. Lack of treatment can lead to long term health issues.
Testing for chlamydia includes a swab test, and if the test is positive, it can usually be treated easily with antibiotics. The antibiotics that may be prescribed to you may need to be taken for a week, depending on the course. It is important that your current partner and any other recent partners also test and receive treatment to stop the spread of infection. If you are aged 18+ and believe yourself to be at risk of having Chlamydia, please contact one of our pharmacies today who will be happy to help you.