Chlamydia Treatment Now Available at Local Redbridge Pharmacies for 15-24 year olds
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK, affecting both men and women, in particular among young people aged between 15 - 24 years old.
Most people don’t experience any symptoms so are unaware they are infected. The only way to find out is to take a test - once it’s been diagnosed, chlamydia can be easily be treated.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of chlamydia could be pain when you urinate (pee), unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum or, in women, bleeding between periods or after sex. Read more information about chlamydia symptoms on the NHS Choices website.
Why get tested?
You should be tested for chlamydia annually especially if you have ever had unsafe/unprotected sex and/or change sexual partners. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body.
Where to get a chlamydia test and treatment?
There are currently 25 pharmacies offering FREE and CONFIDENTIAL chlamydia testing and treatment to all young people aged between 15 to 24.
You can ask a member of staff at these pharmacies for a free chlamydia test and get the results within ten days. Testing will involve a urine test (pee in a pot) or swab test. The testing is confidential and you will usually get the test results through a phone call or text message. You can also get treated at the pharmacy as well. Treatment, if necessary, is simple with usually one dose of antibiotics.
You can also get tested at your local GP or visit a sexual health clinic. More information is available on the Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust website (https://www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/sexual-health)
For further information on young people’s sexual health services, visit:https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/young-people/sexual-health-advice/