Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection, STI, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
Worryingly, most people don't experience any symptoms and therefore are unaware that they are infected. In 2018 in England alone, 218,095 people tested positive for Chlamydia at sexual health services and most people diagnosed were under the age of 25 years old. This accounts for 49% of all new STI diagnoses.
However, the largest proportional increase
was seen in people 65 years and older.
It's advised that sexually active under 25 year olds should be tested every year and on change of sexual partner.
We can supply test kits for men and women to check if they are clear. If not, we can supply suitable treatment, after consultation with our doctor, via a simple online medical questionnaire, discreetly packaged and quickly delivered the next working day in a convenient 1 hour time slot.
If you have recently had unprotected sex and are worried that you may have contracted Chlamydia, it may take up to 14 days for the infection to be detected by a test kit. The test will detect the presence of genital Chlamydia only and does not detect it in your throat or rectum. If you suspect that you may have a throat or rectal infection you can buy one of our throat or/and rectal swabs to send to The Doctors Lab, TDL, for testing.
The signs and symptoms of Chlamydia, if you get any, usually appear between 1-3 weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected person. Some people do not notice any symptoms until many months later or until the infection has spread.
you or your partner have been diagnosed with Chlamydia and are experiencing
rectal symptoms (pain in the anus, painful bowel movements, constipation,
blood or pus from the rectum, ulcers in the anal area or swellings in the
groin) then you may have LGV or Lymphogranuloma Venereum. This is a
treatable subset of the Chlamydia infection which tends to be more common in
gay and bisexual men. Left untreated it can cause damage to the rectum.
Treatment online is not suitable, as you need to do a specific test which
is available at sexual health centres, so it is important that you see someone
in person to do this and get the correct treatment.