Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening

Chlamydia screening survey

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  • Discreet and convenient
  • Free chlamydia and gonorrhoea test
  • Play it safe and get tested
Order a kit (Medway Residents only)

How our online STI test works

  • Step 1 – Order your free test

To be able to order your test online, you must live in an area where free testing is offered. If you do not meet these criteria, we are sorry but we cannot offer you a free test at this time.

If you do meet the criteria, you will be directed to an online form to fill out some details about you and where you live. You will also need to tell us a little bit about your sexual health and how you would prefer to be contacted when your results are ready to be collected.

Once you have done this, we will dispatch the testing kit to you in a discreet package.

  • Step 2 – Receive the package and then send it back

When you have received the package, please follow the instructions carefully. The instructions will guide you through when to take a urine or vaginal sample, how to transfer it to a specimen bottle and then finally, how to package it up securely and safely.

Once you have packaged the urine or vaginal sample in the postage envelope, you can then post it at your nearest post box back to us – free of charge.

  • Step 3 –  your results

When you order a free test from us and you haven’t heard from us within a week you can contact us  via email at kcht.iwantatest@nhs.net or call us on 0300 123 1883. If your test result is positive, (you have Chlamydia) for security reasons we will contact you via phone. If your test result is negative, (you do not have Chlamydia) you will receive a text message or email informing you.

For security reasons, we will contact you with your results via telephone.

The main thing is not to worry or panic, if your test results are positive, be safe in knowledge that you can be treated easily.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing and treatment

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are both very common bacterial infections that are sexually transmitted that can be very easily treated with antibiotics. Often these infections can be present with no symptoms and if left untreated they can cause potential long term problems including affecting fertility.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea

It is very easy to test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and current tests are highly sensitive. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be present in the urethra, vagina, rectum and throat and we can test from all these sites. Both Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea are very infectious and can be transmitted without having full penetrative sex even if condoms are used. It can take up to 2 weeks after sexual contact for a test to pick up these infections therefore it may be neccessary to repeat the tests to cover any window periods. We advise to screen regularly, particularly after any partner changes.

Self taken samples

In people with no symptoms you may not even need to be examined and can take your own samples. This can be as simple as a urine test for people with a penis and a self taken low vaginal swab for people with a vagina.

Symptoms

In men symptoms can include discharge, pain on passing urine and pain in the testicles. In women symptoms can include a change in vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods or after sex and pain during sex.

Chlamydia treatment

The main thing is not to worry or panic if you find out you have Chlamydia. It is usually treated with antibiotics, either as a single dose or a longer course for up to two weeks. If taken correctly, more than 95 out of 100 people treated will be cured.

If you are pregnant, think you are pregnant or you are breast feeding, it is important to let your doctor know as this could affect the type of treatment you receive.

Gonorrhoea treatment

If you have Gonorrhoea you will be contacted by a health advisor who will signpost you to a sexual health clinic for treatment.

The treatment is normally a one off antibiotic injection.

Notifying your sexual partner if you test positive for Chlamydia and/or Gonorrhoea

If you test positive for Chlamydia and/or Gonorrhoea, it is very important that you let your sexual partners know, as they may have it too. This is so they can get tested and treated for the infection. It is advised that you notify any sexual partners that you have had within the last six months.

If you do not wish to contact all your sexual partners yourself, your GUM (Genito Urinary Medicine) clinic or sexual health clinic can contact your sexual partners for you confidentially.