NHS Kingston

Chlamydia screening

What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by a bacteria.

Chlamydia can affect both men and women.

70% of women and 50% of men infected with chlamydia don’t know it, as there are normally no obvious signs or only very mild symptoms which go unnoticed.

If left untreated, chlamydia may cause longer term health problems including infertility (not being able to have a baby), and pain, especially in the abdomen (the area below your belly button).

How do I get tested and where do I go?

If you are 24 years of age or under, you can go to one of our sexual health services, your GP, or a pharmacy.  This test involves a 'pee in a pot', and is very quick, easy and painless.

Alternatively, you can order a free chlamydia test here.

How do I get the test results?

Results will be sent by text, phone call or letter – whichever you prefer.

What do I do if I have chlamydia?

It can be treated quickly and easily with antibiotics - usually just one dose.

You can get the antibiotics for free from certain pharmacies or the sexual health clinic at Kingston Hospital.  You can find out more information about free pharmacy sexual health services here.

All tests and discussions about chlamydia or your sexual health are strictly confidential.

Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group, 2nd floor, Thames House,
180 High Street, Teddington, TW11 8HU
Tel: 020 39419900
Email: kingstonccg.communications@swlondon.nhs.uk

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