Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Until further notice all of our Queue & Wait, Test & Go and routine appointment services are suspended to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to enable some of our staff to be re-deployed. This means that you are unable to be seen in the clinic without talking to our central booking team first.

Please call 01904 721111 (9am - 3pm) Monday to Friday to arrange a discussion with one of our clinical staff. If you feel the issue is URGENT e.g. you need emergency contraception, HIV post-exposure treatment or have new and significant symptoms, please let the booking team know. Our 'contact us' option on the website can be used but there may be some delays in responding to non-urgent queries. 

Clinic Closures -  we are currently only operating clinics in York, Selby, Harrogate, Scarborough, Northallerton, Catterick and Skipton - all other clinics are temporarily suspended.

ONLINE SERVICES - free condoms are available via the website for residents of York and North Yorkshire. Online testing is available for those most at risk of STIs or who have been advised to do a test

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Why get tested?

Why get tested?

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK, but most people won't know they have it unless they get tested, because there are often no signs or symptoms. It's sometimes described as a 'silent epidemic'.

Chlamydia can cause long-term damage to your health if it's untreated, such as infertility (being unable to get pregnant).

It is also linked to ectopic pregnancy (a serious problem when a pregnancy develops outside of the womb), miscarriage and long-term pelvic pain in women.

Babies can get chlamydia from their mothers during birth, which can cause eye infections (conjunctivitis) and pneumonia.

Chlamydia affects men just as often as women. It can sometimes cause pain and swelling in the testicles, and may also damage a man's fertility.

Chlamydia is particularly common in under 25 year olds, so there's a national screening programme in England to help young people get tested. Testing once a year or whenever you have a new sexual partner is recommended.

It is really easy to get tested - no examination needed, just a urine sample or - for women - a self-taken vaginal swab.

Chlamydia is easily treated with special antibiotics - usually just a single dose (four tablets) taken on one day.

Make sure you're clear and get tested.