If you have a negative result, we recommend you undertake a screening every year or every time you get a new sexual partner.
If you have a positive result you will be contacted by your preferred method (usually text or telephone). The treatment is a simple course of antibiotics, which are usually 4 tablets taken at the same time but you may be given a longer course of slightly different antibiotics (e.g. if you are pregnant).
To avoid re-infection either refrain from having sex or use condoms when having sex (oral, vaginal or anal) for at least 7 days after treatment so that the antibiotic has enough time to work. If you have a regular partner they should also be tested and you will need to wait for 7 days after they have also had treatment.
We will also ask whether you would like to be contacted 3 months later to be offered a re-test. If so, we can send you a postal kit or you can call in to clinic, pick up a self-screening kit and provide a sample using the patient toilet.
Will my GP be told I have taken the test?
We will not inform your GP that you have had a test or contact your GP about your test results unless you have given your express permission for us to so. The only time we might contact your GP is if you have received a positive result, need treatment and we can’t get in touch with you. However, you can let us know if you don’t want us to contact your GP under any circumstance.
Do I have to tell my partner?
We understand it can be difficult knowing how to talk about having chlamydia however, informing current and recent ex-partners is important because if you don’t tell your partner(s) you are at risk of:
Re-infection if you have sex with an untreated partner
Having serious health problems from untreated chlamydia such as, abdominal pain, testicular pain and swelling, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and Reiter’s syndrome (a type of arthritis)
Passing the infection onto future sexual partners
And, unless you tell your partner about their need to attend for testing and antibiotic treatment they may never know they have an infection as 70 – 80% of women have no symptoms with chlamydia and 60% of men don’t get symptoms either
If you need help on how to tell your partner please ask to speak to one of our Health Advisors. If you cannot face informing them yourself the Health Advisor can arrange to do this for you. This will be done confidentially and your name will not be mentioned. If they live outside of Sheffield the Health Advisor in their area can contact them locally without it being traced back to you or the Sheffield area.