Chlamydia testing

If you really don’t like the idea of coming in to be tested for Chlamydia, we can send out a free test that you can do at home instead.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that does not always have symptoms and the only way to know if you have the infection is to do a test.

If you are attending Sexual Health Teesside for either contraception or sexual health advice, please consider discussing both issues as they go hand in hand.

Please do not be offended if a member of our team offer you a Chlamydia test, it is because we care about your health and want to prevent long-term health problems.

Methods of Chlamydia screening

Visiting a walk in service

All of our sexual health locations offer chlamydia testing. To see our locations click here.

Home testing kits

Home testing kits are in discrete packaging and contain the following:

  • a simple form (to complete with your information and a few questions);
  • instruction leaflet;
  • Chlamydia fact leaflet;
  • urine bottle and cup; and
  • two free post envelopes (one brown envelope for the top page of the lab form and the second envelope, which is plastic and stripy, for the back page of the lab form and your urine sample). Remember these envelopes are freepost so there’s no need for a stamp!

Home testing kits can be accessed for free from one of our clinics or alternatively from a pharmacy, your GP practice or if you are a young person and attend a youth club you can discuss it with your youth worker.

You can also request that a home testing kit is sent to you by emailing sexualhealth.teesside@nhs.net

College/university health information kiosk

If you attend a college or university within Teesside you may have a health information kiosk which will vend a Chlamydia test. If you’d like more information, please discuss with your student welfare advisor for more info.

The sexual health team like to hit the road and visit local community events and colleges, so if you see our team please come over and have a chat!

  • We will offer you a Chlamydia test – all you need to do is complete a lab form and provide us with a urine sample and we will do the rest!
  • We’re also here to provide advice about sexual health.
  • We can also help by sign posting you to your nearest service.

Results

All results take seven to ten working days and you can receive these via email, telephone, text message or letter. If your result is positive for Chlamydia, inhibitory (too many hormones in the sample), or if there was a problem – we will advise you to get in touch with our service.

If your result is positive – we will make treatment arrangements that suit you.

  • You can attend one of our main service centres.
  • You can visit your GP practice (if appropriate).

You will be supported by our service to ensure that the treatment of the infection is completed.

Please note that if you have a partner we will also treat them. If you find it too difficult to discuss your result with your partner please discuss this with our clinicians.

If you really don’t like the idea of coming in to be tested for chlamydia, we can send out a free test that you can do at home instead.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that does not always have symptoms and the only way to know if you have the infection is to do a test.

If you are attending Sexual Health Teesside for either contraception or sexual health advice, please consider discussing both issues as they go hand in hand.

Please do not be offended if a member of our team offer you a chlamydia test, it is because we care about your health and want to prevent long-term health problems.

If you are interested in offering chlamydia screening and work in a service that engages a lot with your community please email sexualhealth.teesside@nhs.net for more information.

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