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Posted: January 7, 2013

Young people urged to have their free annual Chlamydia test

To start 2013 in good sexual health, doctors at Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are urging young people to have their free annual Chlamydia test.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK and is most common in men and women under the age of 25.  In the last year, 683 people in Swindon under the age of 25 tested positive for Chlamydia and as most people have no symptoms, you won't know if you or your partner has it unless you have a test.

Chlamydia testing is quick and painless and can even be done by yourself at home. Self test kits are available for free to all 15-24 year olds from Swindon Health Centre on Carfax Street or from the Sexual Health Clinics held at Swindon College Tuesdays and Thursdays 11.30am until 1.30pm and at New College on Mondays 11.30am until 1.30pm.

Self test kits can be ordered for free online www.takethetestnow.org or by texting 'Kit' along with your name, address, gender and date of birth to 07825 761825.  A self test kit will arrive in the post in discreet packaging.

You can also pick up a self test kit from a variety of pharmacies and vending machines around Swindon (listed below). 

Pharmacies where self tests are available:

  • Asda Walmart
  • Ashington Way
  • Lloyds, Park South
  • St Johns, Wroughton
  • Jephsons, Wroughton

Self tests are also available from vending machines at the following places:

  • Link Centre Ice Rink
  • Swindon College
  • New College
  • Swindon Health Centre.

If you would prefer to see a nurse or a doctor anyone can visit the Sexual Health Clinic on Monday mornings 8.30am until 10.45am at Swindon Health Centre, Carfax Street - just turn up. If you are aged 19 or under you can attend the special Youth Clinics at Swindon Health Centre, Carfax Street on a Monday and Wednesday afternoon from 3pm-5pm and on a Tuesday 4.30pm until 6.30pm.

Chlamydia testing is also available at the Great Western Hospital by appointment only. Please call 01793 604038.

Sexual Health Outreach Nurse Julia Armstrong, who is based at Swindon Health Centre, Carfax Street, said: "You will not know that you have Chlamydia unless you have a test. If you are sexually active you should be tested at least once a year or when you meet a new partner. The test is quick and painless and once you have been tested Chlamydia is easy to treat. If left untreated Chlamydia can lead to pain and possible infertility in both males and females. "

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