Will I know how long I have had the infection?

A positive test result does not give any indication of the length of time someone has been infected for. You might not know whether you have caught it from your current or a previous sexual partner. These doubts can be hard to handle. Some people feel upset or angry and find it difficult to talk to their partner or friends. Don't be afraid to talk to us about how you feel or with the staff at the Sexual Health Clinic.

Will the antibiotics clear the infection completely?

Yes, providing you follow the instructions you are given, your partner is also treated and that you do not have sex for the stated time after your treatment with antibiotics. However, we do recommend that you take another free test about 3 weeks after you’ve finished your treatment to double check

Will I ever need to have another test?

We recommend that you take a test every 6 months and every time you have a new partner (you should encourage your partner to get tested as well). We don't mind how often you have a test! It is a sensible and proactive way to keep yourself and your partner safe.

How will I know if Chlamydia has affected my fertility?

Chlamydia is just one of many factors that can affect your fertility. However, the more episodes of infection a person has, the more likely it is to cause complications which can affect fertility. If you have had chlamydia you will not normally be offered any routine tests to see if you are fertile unless you and your partner find that you have difficulty getting pregnant. If you are concerned, talk to your GP or practice nurse.

How do I let my partner(s) know?

If your test comes back positive, we will discuss how to inform your partner when you attend the clinic for your own treatment. If you don’t want to tell them yourself we can do this confidentially for you – we will not tell them where we got their name from. We will only say that we believe they have been in contact with someone that has Chlamydia. This is really important to protect other people from getting infected.

What if I don't want to take the test?

This is not a problem. This is a testing programme not a mandatory test. It is absolutely your choice whether or not to get tested. You have every right to refuse to take part in the programme. It will not affect the way you are looked after in the future. If you change your mind, you are welcome to come for a test at any other time.

Who can I talk to if I'm worried?

You can contact the Chlamydia Testing team via email at csp@iow.nhs.uk. Or for more information about STI's and details of your local sexual health services, call 01983 534202, ask for Jo.