Each year we offer a simple test to our patients who are aged 15 to 24 to check for infections (that may be transmitted if you are sexually active). If you would like the opportunity to have a simple screening test for this, please ask our reception staff for a testing kit that includes instructions on how to use the testing kit. You do not have to give us your name when you collect the kit. If you wish to bring your letter with you as a means of asking for the kit without having to talk about it at the reception desk, please do so. The test can be done on a sample of urine and the kit contains full instructions and a postage paid return envelope. You will be informed of the results by text and telephone and advised if you require treatment. In most cases, the treatment can be given at the surgery by both the doctors and the nursing staff.
Why should you have a test?
Many people may be unaware that they are carrying an infection (Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection) and are at risk of infecting others. Treatment is safe and effective but if left untreated can cause ongoing problems for both men and women and Chlamydial infections are the commonest reason for female infertility. Gonorrhoea is less common but can also have serious health consequences and is easily treated.
Can my partner be treated?
Yes. It makes sense for both partners in the relationship to have a test at a similar time. Even if your partner is not registered with our practice we are able to screen them. Just ask for 2 testing kits.
I have already had a test
Well done. But if you have had a change of partners since your last test, it is sensible to check again.
If you are pregnant or think you might be, please discuss this with your midwife or doctor before doing the test.