Chlamydia Free, East Sussex
A confidential service for 15-24 year olds
Chlamydia Free is a dedicated service offering free screening and treatment for Chlamydia to people aged between 15 and 24 in East Sussex. Samples are also tested for Gonorrhoea
|What are Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea?
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are sexually transmitted infections (STI) which are passed from one person to another during sexual contact. Anyone who is sexually active can get them and pass them on. You don’t need to have lots of sexual partners to get Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea. The highest rates of STI infection in the UK are found in people aged under 25.
They can be spread through vaginal, anal or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby.
What are the symptoms of Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea?
There are frequently no symptoms of Chlamydia and there are sometimes no symptoms of Gonorrhoea. If you have symptoms they could include:
- A change in vaginal discharge or discharge from the penis.
- Pain/burning when peeing or when having sex.
- Bleeding after sex or between periods.
- Pelvic pain (for women) or painful testicles (for men).
If you have any of these symptoms go to a sexual health clinic or see your GP ASAP.
How do I know if I have Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea?
The only way to know if you have either of these infections is to have a test.
What is the test?
A Chlamydia test is a simple test that you can do yourself. There is no need to be examined or to see a doctor. Men need to do a urine sample and women take a vaginal swab themselves.
Where can I get the test?
Getting a test is simple. If you are in the 15-24 age group please call us on our freephone number 08000 612668, use our online order form, or text PACK and your name, age, address and sex to 80010 and we will send you a test through the post for you to do at home and return to us.
How long will the result take?
You should receive your result by text within 2 weeks of us receiving your sample.
What happens if the test is positive?
Don’t worry! Both infections are curable with antibiotics. Treatment is simple and free.
Who will know that I have had the test?
Having a Chlamydia test is entirely confidential. The only people who know that you have had the test are yourself and the Chlamydia Free Team. There is no need to tell your GP.
I am 25 or over, where can I get tested?
You can get a Chlamydia test at any sexual health clinic or from your GP surgery.
Our local sexual health service is at Avenue House, Eastbourne, Phone: 01323 416100 (option 1) or Station Plaza Clinic in Hastings, Phone: 01424 464750
How can I contact you?
For a free self test (15-24 year olds only) please call our freephone number 08000 612668 or use our online order form, alternatively text PACK along with your name, age, address and sex to 80010.
If you would like to speak to someone, please leave a message on the above number and someone will call you back. Alternatively you can call the Chlamydia Free Team on 01323 462767.