What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common bacteria sexually transmitted infection. At least one in fourteen sexually active people under the age of 25 will have chlamydia - and you may not even know you have it because most people do not have any symptoms.
Why are we dual testing?
The screening programme is primarily for chlamydia, but because we have seen a marked increase in gonorrhoea in young people in the area, we are recommending that samples are tested for gonorrhoea as well.
What does the test involve?
The test for gonorrhoea can be done on the same sample, so no need for an additional test. The best type of test, for women, is the self-taken swab – we would prefer if women could use that, but we can do the test on a urine sample (pee in the pot) if you prefer. For men, the urine sample is fine – there is no need for any other tests to be done.
How do I get my results?
You will receive your test results from the Chlamydia Screening Office within one week of taking your test. This will either be by phone, text or in writing depending on which you have told us is the best way to contact you. If you have a positive test for gonorrhoea, you will be referred to one of the sexual health clinics for a full assessment and treatment.
What is gonorrhoea?
Gonorrhoea is a treatable sexually transmitted infection. Like chlamydia, if left untreated gonorrhoea can cause serious long term complications for men and women, one of which can result in infertility.
Who gets it?
People who have gonorrhoea often have no symptoms – about half of women and 1 in 10 men may have no symptoms of their infection. That is why we are recommending that you are tested for gonorrhoea as well as chlamydia – as we have seen an increase in gonorrhoea and know that it is being passed between people in this area.
How to take your test
Testing your “chlamydia” sample for gonorrhoea as well will tell us if you are likely to have gonorrhoea. Most people who are tested for chlamydia are happy to be tested for gonorrhoea as well, but you do not have to accept the test (just inform the person taking your test that you do not wish to be tested for gonorrhoea and they will signpost you to a sexual health service).