What happens if you have it?

You're not alone! Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. It can affect any man or woman who has had any kind of sexual contact with someone else. It's really common in under 25 year olds.

Chlamydia can be easily treated with special antibiotics.

What does a positive result mean?

  • A positive result means you probably have a chlamydia infection (though tests are not 100% accurate).

  • The test cannot show how long you've had an infection. It is thought that you can have chlamydia for weeks, months or even years, without knowing.

  • You (and your partner) will need treatment as soon as possible.

  • It's possible that your partner's test result may be different from yours.

How can you get treatment?

  • The YorSexualHealth team can arrange treatment for you (and your partner).

  • Postal treatments can often be arranged - one of our nurses can discuss this with you.
  • If you have symptoms, are pregnant or want a full check up, you will need to go to a sexual health clinic - we can help to arrange this.

  • These treatments are free of charge and confidential.

  • If you would prefer to go to your GP for treatment, you may need to pay a prescription charge.

What happens next?

  • You will be given antibiotics - often just four tablets to take on the day you attend.

  • You will be asked to avoid all sex for 7 - 14 days (depending on which treatment is given).

  • Repeat tests are not always needed, but are recommended for under 25 year olds (3 months after treatment).

  •  Always wait at least 6 weeks after any treatment before you re-test - testing too soon may give an unreliable result.

Request a free and confidential postal test here.