Chlamydia testing

Chlamydia testing

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that is passed on through unprotected sex (sex without a condom). Chlamydia is very common in the UK and particularly among sexually active teenagers and young adults.

Find out more about Chlamydia.

If you live in England, are under 25 and are sexually active, it’s recommended that you get tested for chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partner.

 

How do you get tested?

How do you get tested?

Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. You don’t always need a physical examination by a nurse or doctor.

Anyone can get a free and confidential chlamydia test at a sexual health clinic, or from their GP surgery.

People under 25 years old can also get tested as part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP). This provides postal test kits free of charge. You can usually pick up a test kit in places such as sexual health clinics, pharmacies, GP surgeries, health centres and some colleges or you can order one online.

You can also buy chlamydia testing kits to do at home from pharmacies or direct from a test kit provider.

If you live in England, you’re under 25 and you’re sexually active, you should get tested for chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partner, as you’re more likely to catch it.

Are these tests just for chlamydia?

Are these tests just for chlamydia?

Since early 2020 we have started to offer testing for under 25s for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. These STIs can be tested for on the same sample – ie. you don’t need to take extra swabs to test for both.

Depending on who your sexual partners are, and how often you change partners, you may also be offered blood testing for HIV and syphilis.

Click here to access online testing for under 25s.

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Accessing the Service during the COVID crisis

How to access the service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic. Clear advice for people with early symptoms of coronavirus is available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

Self-requested Sexual Health screening by post is available for for under 25s only - more info here

For others with testing requirements please contact the service on 0300 303 3989.

Alternative provision:

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills - obtained from your GP
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info