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HEALTH MATTERS: Chlamydia – do you know the facts?

HEALTH MATTERS: Chlamydia - do you know the facts?

In Wirral, 1 in 10 people aged 15-24 who have been tested are found to have chlamydia.

 

It's one of the most common sexual transmitted infections in the UK, but because many people don't experience any symptoms they don't realise anything is wrong.

If you have chlamydia and it goes undetected or is not treated you may experience health problems in the future. For some people it can lead to infertility and chronic pain for both men and women.

What are the symptoms?

It's estimated that approximately 50% of men and 70-80% of women won't notice any symptoms of the infection but others may experience:

  • pain when they go to the toilet
  • unusual discharge
  • mild lower abdominal pain
  • for women, pain during sex and/or bleeding between periods or after sex
  • for men, painful and/or swollen testicles


Get tested!

Being sure you haven't got chlamydia is simple.

You can drop into one of our seven Sexual Health Wirral walk in clinics for a free, quick and painless test – no appointment is needed!

Or if you're aged 16-24 we can send you a FREE and confidential postal testing kit in discreet packaging. All you need to do is:

 

  • text EZ7 with your name, address, postcode and date of birth to 88020
  • or, request a test from www.eazeescreen.co.uk


You will receive your results by text seven days after your test.


Treatment is easy

Chlamydia can easily be treated with a course of antibiotics. We can also provide your partner with medication.


How often should I be tested?

If you are sexually active and under 24 we recommend that you are tested for chlamydia every time your sexual partner changes. Using a condom every time you have sex can reduce your risk of chlamydia.


Where can I find out more about chlamydia?

The Sexual Health Wirral website has information about the infection including related health issues and how it's treated – www.sexualhealthwirral.nhs.uk.

Last Updated: Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

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