Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK.
In most patients the infection is asymptomatic – meaning that an infection is present but doesn’t cause any symptoms. This can potentially cause complications in the long term (see below) and there is a risk of passing on the infection without knowing.
In asymptomatic patients the only way on knowing you have the disease is by getting tested.
Symptoms to look out for include:
Women: vaginal discharge, pain on passing urine, pelvis pain
Men: penile discharge, pain on passing urine, testicular swelling / pain
You are more at risk of getting chlamydia if you don’t use barrier contraception (condoms), have a new partner or multiple partners.
If Chlamydia is untreated it can potentially lead to pelvic infections and infertility in females, and testicular infections in males.
The treatment is straight forward with antibiotics – the most common options being a single dose or a one week course.
We would generally advise testing after treatment to ensure the infection has cleared. In addition, it is important to refrain from intercourse until a week after treatment if you receive the single dose, or for the duration of antibiotic treatment. Patients testing positive for chlamydia should also be screened for other sexually transmitted infections as they can often co-exist.
Tests can be carried out by taking a swab sample or a urine test. We can offer high quality accurate testing with same day results.
Book a completely confidential consultation with a highly experienced and sensitive GP to discuss your concerns or arrange testing.
Please contact us for further information.