Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea
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 for both men and women.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be found in the urethra, vagina, rectum and throat. Both are very infectious and can be transmitted without having full penetrative sex even if condoms are used. Treatment is both simple and effective.
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. It is very important to be tested for these infections because if you remain untreated there is a possible risk of complications.
Testing is easy and is best done 2 weeks after sexual contact. You may be recommended a repeat test at a later date according to your risk of exposure. We advise to screen regularly, particularly after any new sexual partners. If you are diagnosed with chlamydia or gonorrhoea your partner should also be tested and treated.
If you have no symptoms you may not need to be examined and can take your own samples. This can be as simple as a urine test for men and a self taken vaginal swab in women. Under 25’s can contact us for a confidential chlamydia test kit here.