Sexual and reproductive health

Chlamydia screening and testing

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in England. You may get it if you have unprotected sex which is sex without a condom.

Chlamydia symptoms

Chlamydia symptoms include:

  • pain when you urinate
  • unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum
  • in women, bleeding between periods or after sex

Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice symptoms and don't know they have it. If you don’t get treatment, however, the infection can lead to other serious long term health problems including infertility.

Chlamydia testing

The most common age group for infected people is men and women aged under 25, but you should ask for a test at any age if you think you have an infection or have a new sexual partner.

We carry out chlamydia screening across Thurrock at GP surgeries and pharmacies.

Find your nearest NHS screening centre and ask us to send a testing kit to your home address.

The screening test is free, simple and discreet.

  • a swab test for women
  • a urine test for men

Results are sent to you 10 days after taking the test.

Where to get tested

You can get a free chlamydia testing kit:

  • at your GP surgery
  • at a sexual health clinic
  • sent to your home

Go to the Thurrock Sexual Health Service website for more information.

How to get a home testing kit

You can get a home testing kit from:

  • your GP surgery
  • your pharmacy

Follow the instructions in the kit to carry out the test.

The test is sent to the lab and you get the results in 10 days.

The results

There are 3 outcomes:

  • if your test is negative, we tell you will and you do not have to do anything
  • if the test hasn’t worked, we will ask you to take the test again
  • if your test is positive, you will need to get treatment and advice

Treatment

Treatment is simple and painless. Your GP or sexual health clinic will give you antibiotics to take for the infection.

Sexual partner notification

If your test is positive, you should let your GP or the clinic know the name and address of recent sexual partners. This will help us make sure they get tested or treated to stop the infection from spreading.