Chlamydia is the most common and fastest spreading sexually transmitted infection in the UK.
It stems from the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis.
If left untreated it can lead to long term health problems including pelvic inflammatory disease and ectopic pregnancy.
It can affect the fertility of both men and women.
Testing for chlamydia involves a simple urine test for men and self vaginal swab for women.
The infection is easily treated with oral antibiotics which should also be given to the patient’s partner and previous partners.
For information on chalmydia screening sites or to be sent a postal kit, call (01529) 416110.
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