• Chlamydia testing

    • Chlamydia (pronounced kla-mid-ee-a) is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK, affecting both men and women. You don’t need to have had lots of sexual partners to be at risk. Anyone who is sexually active can be infected.

      Young people under 25 are most at risk of chlamydia infection.

      Find out more about chlamydia on the National Chlamydia Screening Programme website.

      Why should I have a chlamydia test?

      Most people who have chlamydia will have no symptoms so without a test you will probably not know anything is wrong. If you are sexually active and under 25 you should be tested for chlamydia every year.

      How can I get a test?

      If you are under 25 years old you can get a free and confidential chlamydia test from ‘Chlamydia Free’ which is the chlamydia screening programme for East Sussex.

      There are several ways to get a testing kit.

      • Order a free test to do at home from https://www.freetest.me/
      • You can pick one up from pharmacies, GP surgeries, youth clubs, schools and colleges – ask to speak to the nurse or visit a college clinic.
      • You can ask us to send you a test kit. Freephone 0808 168 1282 and leave your details, or text PACK with your name age address and whether you’re male or female to 80010. Standard network charges apply.

      You do the test yourself. There is no need to be examined or see a nurse or doctor. Men need to give a urine sample and women can either give a urine sample or take a vaginal swab. All chlamydia tests are confidential. We will not tell any one that you have had a test.

      How long does it take before I get the results?

      It takes one to two weeks for your result to be ready. When we have your result we will text you. We will not put the word chlamydia in the text.

      What happens next?

      If your test is positive we will send you a text asking you to give us a call to speak to a trained nurse. They will be able to answer your questions and arrange an appointment for you to come into your nearest sexual health clinic for treatment.

      If your test is negative then that’s great news! But remember to always protect yourself from chlamydia in the future.

      What is the treatment?

      The common treatment for chlamydia is a course of antibiotics. It is important that your
      partner/s get treatment at the same time as you otherwise you may re-infect each other.

      Is there a way to protect myself from chlamydia?

      Yes. Take these simple precautions to stay chlamydia-free.

      • Use condoms every time you have sex. This can also reduce your risk of getting or passing on other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV.
      • If you have oral sex, cover the penis with a condom or the female genitals with a latex or polyurethane (plastic) square (dam).
      • Each time you have a new sexual partner, both of you should get a chlamydia test.
      • Have a chlamydia test every year while you are under 25.
      • Avoid sharing sex toys. If you do share sex toys, wash them or cover them with a new condom before anyone else uses them.

      Contact the Chlamydia Screening Team

      You can contact the Chlamydia Screening Team by phone on 01323 462767