With a large increase in the numbers of sexual infections across London, the latest figures have shown that one in four STI cases in the UK are in London.
Chlamydia has been named as the most common STI in the country and reports have shown a cause for concern due to the rising numbers of people with the disease.
It’s passed on through unprotected sex and is particularly common is sexually active teenagers and young adults. It’s a bacterial infection which is spread through sex or infected genital fluids, you can contract the infection from vaginal, anal or oral sex, sharing sex toys which aren’t cleaned or covered with a new condom each time, coming into contact with someone else’s genitals and getting infected semen or vaginal fluid in your eye.
Most people with chlamydia don’t usually experience any symptoms, however if you do develop them you may suffer from:
- Pain when urinating
- Unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or the back passage
- In women, tummy pains, bleeding during or after intercourse and in between periods
- In men, pain and swelling in the testicles
Getting tested for chlamydia is done through a swab or urine test, it doesn’t require a physical examination by a nurse or a doctor. Getting tested is completely free and confidential, should you need a test, simply go to your local health clinic, genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or a GP surgery.
Chlamydia treatment is nothing to worry about, it can usually be treated with antibiotics that you can take over one day or a longer course of capsules over a week. Usually you’ll start the antibiotics when you have receive your positive test results, however if it’s likely you have the infection, you may be given the treatment before receiving your results.
Is it serious?
Although chlamydia doesn’t usually cause symptoms and can be treated easily, if it’s not diagnosed or treated properly, it can cause more serious problems.
If left untreated the infection can spread to other parts of your body and cause bigger problems, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, epididymo-orchitis (which is cause inflammation of testicles), infertility and someone reactive arthritis.
At Broadgate GP we provide same day sexual health screenings, our services include self-testing, or a test with your partner and we will provide quick results, which could be later that day.
Whether you’ve had an unfortunate encounter or you’re at the beginning of a new relationship, having a sexual health screening should be a main priority to ensure your partners and your own health.
Our sexual health clinic offers confidential checks tailored to your requirements and symptoms, they are discreet and totally confidential and we use only the most up to date methods to ensure your health and wellbeing. Both male and female STI testing are available from our clinic in London and we can provide all the requirements to suit your needs. For more information contact our team.