Chlamydia screening service

Young coupleIt is estimated that between half and three quarters of women with Chlamydia do not know they have the infection due to the lack of symptoms.  Men are not always aware either.  If left untreated Chlamydia can cause serious long-term reproductive problems.

In certain Peak Pharmacies & Tims & Parker Pharmacies we offer a FREE Chlamydia Screening Service in association with the NHS.  Simply collect a pack from the pharmacy, provide a urine sample and post the sample back in the envelope provided.  You will receive your results via text or phone call and we will advise further courses of action, if necessary.  In other pharmacies, for a small fee, we can test for chlamydia there and then and administer a course of anti-biotics to treat the infection

Further information about Chlamydia...

(taken from the NHS website) - click here to read the full article

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK. It's most common in men and women under 25 years old. Chlamydia is known as the 'silent' infection because most people who have it show no symptoms. Without a test you probably won't know that anything is wrong.

If you or your sexual partners don't get treatment, chlamydia can spread to other parts of the body and cause pain, especially in the abdomen. It may lead to infertility (inability to have children).

Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis, which is found in the semen of men and vaginal fluids of women who have the infection. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom).

What are the symptoms? 

Seventy-five per cent of women and 50% of men with chlamydia have no symptoms.

People who develop symptoms may notice them 1-3 weeks after contact with chlamydia, or many months later, or not until the infection spreads.

Women may notice:

  • unusual vaginal discharge,
  • bleeding between periods,
  • bleeding after sex,
  • heavier periods (including women who are using hormonal contraception),
  • pain (and/or bleeding) during sex,
  • pain when passing urine, or
  • lower abdominal (pelvic) pain.

Men may notice:

  • a white/cloudy or watery discharge from the penis,
  • burning and itching in the genital area,
  • pain when passing urine, or
  • painful swelling of the testicles.

For both men and women:

  • If the infection is in the rectum, there are rarely symptoms, but it can sometimes cause discomfort and discharge.
  • Infection in the eyes can cause pain, swelling, irritation and discharge.
  • Infection in the throat isn’t common and doesn’t produce any symptoms. 

 

Your local pharmacy may not offer all the services listed in this section. Please contact your local store to find out which services are available

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