Chlamydia screening service (for under 25 year olds)
If you're under the age of 25 and sexually active, you should be tested for chlamydia every year, or if you meet a new partner.
The test is free, simple, painless and confidential. You can get tested at a sexual health centre in the borough. Find a sexual health centre near you.
You can also find your nearest testing service, or order a test to be delivered to you, using the Free Test Me website
Do the test yourself
You can do the test yourself and you don't need to be examined. Men give a urine sample and women can give a urine sample or to take a swab. Women take the swab themselves from the lower vagina. The swab or urine test is sent away for analysis and it can take up to 10 days for the results to come through. It's very rare for chlamydia test results to be wrong. Order a chlamydia testing kit.
Why should I check for chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection in the UK. It's most common in men and women under 25 years old. You don't need to have lots of sexual partners to be at risk and it can often have no symptoms.
Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium called chlamydia trachomatis, which is found in the semen of men and the vaginal fluids of women who have the infection. If you or your sexual partners are infected and don't get treatment, chlamydia can spread to other parts of the body and cause pain, especially in the abdomen.
It may lead to infertility (not being able to have children). You can get chlamydia by having unprotected (without a condom) vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is already infected. It can also be passed on by sharing sex toys which haven't been washed or covered with a condom before each use. It can also be passed by a pregnant woman to her baby during pregnancy or at the birth.