3 months ago in Health and Wellbeing
Chlamydia - it’s worth talking about
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK. People who are under 25 are more at risk of getting Chlamydia but it can affect anyone of any age and it affects both males and females.
If you are sexually active, you should be tested for chlamydia annually or when you change your sexual partner. The test for chlamydia is simple – just one quick and painless test that you do yourself.
You can just call in to one of Sheffield’s Sexual Health clinics during opening hours or pick up a self-screening kit from one of these locations:
Allen Court Common Room
The Edge Lounge Bar
The Ridge Common Room
St Vincent’s Common Room
You will be asked to provide a urine sample or self-taken vaginal swab and send your sample in the prepaid envelope.
Men will be asked to give a urine sample and women will be asked to take a swab themselves from the lower vagina using a cotton wool bud to wipe the area. For women, the vaginal swab provides a much better and more accurate test sample than a urine sample.
We also use the samples given to test for possible gonorrhoea but not for other infections so it may be advisable to have a full sexual health screen at one of our sexual health clinics.