Weavers Medical Centre
Prospect House, Lower Street, Kettering NN16 8DN
Telephone: 01536 513494

Teenagers Health

Teenagers Health Information

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Chlamydia and Chlamydia Screening

If you are over 15 and under 25 we can offer you discreet and totally confidential testing as part of the  NHS National Chlamydia.

Screening Programme (NCSP) If you want to have a test simply ask at reception and all the information and everything you need is included in a plain package.

Why is it important to get tested?
It's important to get tested for chlamydia because: 

  • most people with chlamydia have no symptoms, so you probably won't know if you or your partner(s) have it unless you have a test.
  • chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK, 
    untreated chlamydia can have serious long-term health effects, and may lead to infertility (being unable to have children).
  • If you're sexually active and under 25 years old, you should be tested for chlamydia once a year, and when you change your sexual partner.
  • Chlamydia is easy to test for, and easy to treat with antibiotics. You don't need to be examined by a doctor. Any form of unprotected sex (without a condom), including oral sex, can put you at risk of catching chlamydia.

What does the test involve?
The test is free, simple, painless and confidential. You can do the test yourself and you don't need to be examined.

How long does it take before I get the results?
After a swab or urine test is taken, it's sent away for analysis. It can take seven to 10 days for the results to come through.

Are the tests accurate?
Yes. It's very rare for the chlamydia test to be wrong. If you're concerned, discuss this with the staff when you get your results.

How is chlamydia treated?
The most common treatment for chlamydia is a course of antibiotics.
How quickly will treatment work?
You should notice improvements quickly if you had any signs or symptoms. If the symptoms don't improve, seek advice from your GP, a sexual health clinic or pharmacy. You may have a different STI, and require further tests and different antibiotics.

For more information please visit the NHS Chlamydia website.