chlamydia testing kits from SWISH services

This is available to all men and women aged 15 - 24 living in Somerset who have ever had sex.

What is Chlamydia?

  • Chlamydia is the most common bacterial, sexually transmitted infection in the UK
  • It can affect men and women (whatever your sexuality)
  • One in 12 sexually active 15 to 24 yr olds in Somerset will have Chlamydia
  • Most people do not know they are infected as they have no symptoms
  • Left untreated, it can lead to pain and infertility, and  can easily be passed

How can I get Chlamydia?

  • By having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who already has it
  • Sharing sex toys
  • A pregnant woman can pass the infection to her baby, if she is infected at the time of giving birth.

What can I do about it?

First:

  • There is a simple screen you can do yourself to find out if you are infected.
  • If you are infected it is easy to treat with a single dose of antibiotic tablets.

Then:

  • Always use a condom and practice safe sex to prevent re-infection.

How can I get screened?

It's simple, free and confidential.

  • If you are aged 16 - 24, you can order your kit by clicking here
  • Pee in the pot, or use the swab in the privacy of your own bathroom
  • Complete the form choosing how you want to be informed of your result - by text, email, phone or letter
  • Put this form with your sample into the freepost envelope and drop it in the nearest post box

Or

You can pick up a DIY screening kit at:

  • any of our contraceptive and sexual health clinics
  • minor injuries unit of any of our community hospitals
  • your GP surgery
  • most pharmacies
     

What happens next?

  • You will receive your result by your chosen method within 2 weeks
  • We will sort out treatment for you and your partner
  • We won't tell anyone about the screen without your permission