Chlamydia

Is the most common STI. It is a bacterial infection.

How is it passed on?

  • through oral, vaginal or anal sex

  • not through kissing, hugging, sharing baths, towels, cups, swimming pools or toilet seats, as the bacteria can’t survive outside the body for long.

How to avoid Chlamydia

  • condoms are very effective at preventing Chlamydia infection. You can order male and female condoms here

  • regular testing each time you change sexual partner helps reduce the spread of STIs.

Testing and treatment

The Fettle test kit

The test for chlamydia is a vaginal swab or a urine test. We also offer rectal and throat swabs.

Chlamydia may take two weeks to show up in a test from the time of infection.

Treatment

Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotic tablets.

If you receive a positive chlamydia test result from Fettle, we will offer you free treatment and deliver it by 1st class Royal Mail. (For genital infections only, not oral or rectal.) Before we prescribe, you will need to complete a short online form, answering questions about you and your health history.

You should not have sex until both you and your sexual partner(s) have been treated.

You should re-test for chlamydia two months after the infection has been treated.

As soon as your test results become available, we will send you a text message to let you know how to get treatment.

Telling your partner

If you have chlamydia, you should tell all of your current partners and anyone else you’ve had sex with in the last six months. They have chlamydia without knowing it, so it is important for them to be tested.

Symptoms and long term effects

Symptoms could occur any time from a few weeks to many months or even years after infection.

CommonRare
Short term

Most people have no symptoms - this is why it is important to test regularly, especially if you change partners.

Chlamydia can cause pain when passing urine, a change in discharge from the penis or vagina, pelvic pain or irregular periods.

Long term

Some women experience reduced fertility or increased risk of ectopic pregnancy.

Some men experience ongoing testicular pain.

Chlamydia can be passed from mother to child during birth and cause eye infections or pneumonia in infants.

Chlamydia can also cause infections in the joints.

Chlamydia increases the chance of getting or passing on HIV.

Questions

Recurrent Chlamydia or untreated Chlamydia can affect your fertility. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of the infection is likely to minimise this risk.

They may be able to tell if you have symptoms of infection but not if you don’t. However, you should tell your partner if you have Chlamydia as they will need testing and may need treatment.

If you receive a positive chlamydia test result from Fettle, we will offer you free treatment and deliver it to you by 1st class Royal Mail. (For genital infections only, not oral or rectal.) Before we prescribe, you will need to complete a short online form, answering questions about you and your health history. Find out more about how Fettle prescribes medicines.