Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK and is easily passed on during sex. Most people don't experience any symptoms, so they are unaware they're infected.

In women, chlamydia can cause:

  • pain or a burning sensation when urinating
  • a vaginal discharge
  • pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex
  • bleeding during or after sex or between periods
  • it can also cause heavy periods

In men, chlamydia can cause:

  • pain or a burning sensation when urinating
  • a white, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis
  • pain or tenderness in the testicles.

It's also possible to have a chlamydia infection in your rectum (bottom), throat or eyes.

Diagnosing chlamydia is done with a urine test or by taking a swab of the affected area. The infection is easily treated with antibiotics but can lead to serious long-term health problems if left untreated, including infertility.

If you have no symptoms and want a straightforward test you can:

  • either order a smart kit online for home delivery
  • or attend one of our clinics where you can collect a smart kit without needing to wait and see a clinician.

This is a quick, easy and confidential way to screen for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.

Call our appointments line for more information about sexual health services in Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth.

0333 300 2100 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm).

Read more about chlamydia via the NHS Choices website