What is it?
Chlamydia is a bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) that lives inside human cells. Approximately 75% of women and 50% of men show no symptoms of the disease after infection. When left untreated, Chlamydia can permanently damage the sexual organs leading to infertility in women and reduced fertility in men. It is important to treat Chlamydia as quickly as possible, as it increases your risk of getting other STIs, including HIV.
MUMS offer Chlamydia testing. The cost of the test is £100.00. Sometimes we test urine, sometimes we test using swab. You will need a consultation with one of our Sexual Health Consultant which costs £85.00, or GP which costs £95.00.
Chlamydia in women can infect the cervix and urinary tract and can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). A Chlamydia infection can lead to scar tissue developing within the fallopian tubes preventing the passage of eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. These complications can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant in the future. There is also a greater risk of ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia can be very harmful, so it is important to get tested regularly.
Chlamydia in pregnant women can lead to increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery and potentially fatal tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. If the baby is exposed to Chlamydia during delivery, he or she could suffer from eye infections or pneumonia.
In men, Chlamydia may reduce fertility and lead to other complications of the male reproductive system. Chlamydia can infect the urinary tract causing swelling or inflammation of the testicles. Other signs of Chlamydia infection in men can be a swollen scrotum as well as painful testicles and pain experienced when urinating.
How do you get it?
Chlamydia is passed on by sexual contact including oral, vaginal and sex. Chlamydia cannot be spread by toilet seats, door knobs, swimming pools, hot tubs, bath tubs, shared clothing, or eating utensils.
Although many people do not have symptoms, symptoms can include:
Times: Incubation, results and re-test
The incubation is 14 days.
Results from all samples take two working days from when the sample is received in the laboratory.
Regular retesting is advised if you continue to be at risk. A repeat test is recommended with every partner change.
What to do if the test is positive
Chlamydia is curable and can be treated with a course of antibiotics. You should not have sex until the treatment has finished, and the symptoms have gone away.
How to test and samples
Chlamydia can be tested by urine test or vaginal swab.
MUMS Chlamydia Urine test costs £60.00
MUMS Chlamydia Swab test costs £60.00