What is Chlamydia?
- Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection.
- It can affect men and women (whatever your sexuality).
- One in twelve 15-24 year olds will have Chlamydia.
- Most people do not know they are infected, as they have no symptoms.
- Left untreated, it can lead to pain and infertility, and you can easily pass it on.
How can you get Chlamydia?
- By having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who already has it
- By sharing sex toys
- A pregnant woman can pass the infection to her baby, if she is infected at the time of giving birth.
- Chlamydia can also be transferred to the eyes.
How do you get screened?
If you’re aged between 15 and 24 and sexually active, you can pick up your free and confidential kit at:
Please click on the following link to see Testing Sites in your area.
It’s a simple test you can do yourself. Read more about how to do the DIY test here.
You can choose to have your results sent straight to your mobile phone or be informed another way.
Remember: One of the ways to prevent getting Chlamydia is to always use a condom. Follow this link http://www.somersetcsh.co.uk to find out about Somerset's C-Card Scheme, which offers free condoms and sexual health information to all young people in Somerset.
There is a choice of treatment for Chlamydia. The information tells you all you need to know about the tablets you will be given.
25 or over? See your doctor or speak to a nurse at one of our sexual health clinics for advice.
If you are under 25 we really want to hear about your experiences of Chlamydia testing, even if you have not actually had a test yet!
To help us just click on the link below to start a short survey that should take about ten minutes to complete.
The survey is completely anonymous and confidential. The results of this survey will be published as a report and/or in professional journals so that services can be improved.
You do not need to answer all of the questions but the information you do give us will help us improve chlamydia testing in England for everybody.
Contacting the Chlamydia Screening Programme Office
Chlamydia Screening Office
Somerset Primary Care Trust
Telephone: 01749 836512
Call us between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or leave a message
For more information about sexual health services available in Somerset go to www.somersetcsh.co.uk
Resources for Professionals
See the Chlamydia screening page on the PCT intranet.
Screening sites - Click here for screening kits and material order form