Have you been tested for the love bug?
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most widespread sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. 1 in 14 young people are already infected – and not enough people are getting tested.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) aims to reduce Chlamydia infections by screening large numbers of young people (age 16 – 24) and treating those who test positive and their partners.
The test is free, it’s simple and you don’t need to see a doctor or be examined. Men collect a urine sample and women swab with a cotton bud. It’s so easy – we can even send you a free self-test kit by post – so you can take your own sample at home, FREEPOST it back and get your confidential result by text message. The result usually takes 7 – 10 working days from when you hand in or post your sample.
For the 1 in 14 who test positive, treatment is straightforward and effective: it’s usually a single dose of antibiotic tablets. You can pick-up the tablets from the nurse at your doctor’s surgery or from your local family planning clinic. Because you don’t need a doctor’s prescription, the treatment is also free.