Chlamydia test and treatments
Chlamydia is the UK's most common STD
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the UK. It can cause infertility in women. Half of men and most (75%) of women with chlamydia have no symptoms.
Confidential chlamydia self-testing
- Sexually active people should test every year and when they have a new partner.
- Order a chlamydia test kit through the post.
- Post the sample to the lab in the envelope provided.
- A few days later the result is posted, or emailed back to you.
Antibiotic chlamydia treatment
Chlamydia is treated with doxycycline 100mg antibiotic taken twice a day for one week.
Serious side effects are unusual, most common are stomach upset, nausea and diarrhoea. For further details please read the doxycycline patient information leaflet.
Men who have a thick or bloody discharge from the penis with soreness or inflammation, or women with heavy offensive vaginal discharge or irregular bleeding and low abdominal pain should see their regular doctor. Discharge is mucus like fluid coming from the end of the penis, vagina, or anus.
People under 25 can arrange a test via the National Chlamydia Screening Program. GPs, genito-urinary medicine clinics and some walk-in centres can provide tests and treatment.
Half of men and the majority of women have no symptoms. Chlamydia infection can cause inflammation in the penis, vagina, womb, tubes, anus and mouth and even eyes.
- Unusual vaginal bleeding
- Bleeding between periods
- Bleeding after sex
- Heavier periods
- Pain (and/or bleeding) during sex
- Lower abdominal (pelvic) pain
- A white/cloudy or watery discharge from the penis
- Burning and itching in the genital area
- Pain when passing urine
- Painful swelling of the testicles
Both men and women
- If the infection is in the rectum there are rarely any symptoms although there can sometimes be discomfort and discharges.
- Infection in the eyes can cause pain swelling, irritation and discharge.
- Infection in the throat isn't common and doesn't usually produce symptoms.
Chlamydia does not usually produce open sores or blisters. If these are present a GP should be consulted.
Authored 18 February 2010 Dr Tony Steeleby
Reviewed 28 November 2016 by Dr B. Babor
Last updated 25 February 2019
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