Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infections in England. Chlamydia testing has changed, it is now routinely offered to 15-24 year old women and other people with a vagina, including transgender men and gender fluid and non-binary people assigned female at birth, even if you have no symptoms. This is because women and other people with a vagina, including transgender men and gender fluid and non-binary people assigned female at birth are at greatest risk of long term harm from an undetected/untreated chlamydia infection. For more information please see the GOV.UK website and the National Chlamydia Screening Programme Leaflet.
Gonorrhoea and National Chlamydia Screening Programme
The infection rates of Gonorrhoea in young people are also high, this is why we are testing all samples for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. If left untreated Gonorrhoea can cause serious long-term complications for men, women and other people with a vagina, including transgender men and gender fluid and non-binary people assigned female at birth - one of which can result in infertility.
Frequently asked questions
The kit contains:
- Postal container, specimen bottle and vaginal swab
- Return envelope
- Test form
- Chlamydia testing information leaflet
The test is easy to take with just six simple steps:
1. Please fill in all sections of the test form.
2. Find the pink sticky label on the 2nd page of the test form. Write your name and date
of birth on the label and place it on the sample tube provided.
3. Follow the instructions in the leaflet, take you test using the vaginal swab and then
place the swab into the sample tube.
4. Place sample tube into the specimen transport pouch, peel off the white paper strip
and fold over to seal it.
5. Place the transport pouch with your sample in it, into the plastic bag that is on the back of the pink form. Remove the paper strip and fold over to seal your sample in the bag.
6. Keep the yellow slip at the edge of the pink test form for reference. Place the completed test form and sample into the transport box. Then place the box into the grey plastic freepost envelope and post in a post box.
Between 7-10 working days of taking your test.
If your test is positive, a Health Advisor will contact you to discuss your result and arrange an appointment to give you some treatment (which is usually a short course of antibiotics).
Other ways to order a test kit
In person: Visit the Sexual Health Services 4 Newcastle
For further information call the Newcastle Chlamydia Screening Programme on:
0191 229 2958
Monday to Fridays 9:00 am - 4:30 pm