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A. You will need to contact Knowsley Council and ask to speak with the Commissioner’s secretary.
A. If you choose to have the test as part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) the test is FREE, simple, painless, confidential and totally voluntary. You can do the test yourself – you do not need to be examined. There are lots of local places where you can go to get a chlamydia test. All of them offer a free and confidential service. Use the postcode finder or map on the right of the screen to find your local service. If you are sexually active and under 25 years old, you should be tested for chlamydia annually or when you change your sexual partner. If you are not offered a chlamydia test, just ask for one. Men will be asked to give a urine sample and women can either give a urine sample or take a swab. Women can take the swab themselves from the lower vagina. The test will only tell if you have chlamydia. If you think you might have another infection such as gonorrhoea, then you will need different tests. Please ask the nurse or doctor about this. If you are under 25 and accept a test as part of the NCSP, you will be asked to fill in a form so that you can be contacted with your results by letter, text or e-mail. Public Health England counts how many people in England have chlamydia. Details of your result but not your name or contact details will be sent to them. For further information see http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/
A. After a swab or urine test is taken, the test is sent away for analysis. It can take seven to 10 days for the results to come through. For further information see http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/
A. It is rare for the chlamydia test to be wrong. If you are concerned discuss this when you get your results. For further information see http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/
A. Do not have any sex (oral, vaginal, anal or use sex toys) with your partner(s) until seven days after you have both completed your treatment. For further information see http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/
A. Yes you do. Chlamydia is spread via unprotected sex (not using a condom). Therefore, if you have chlamydia it's possible that they too may have contracted it. If you test positive for chlamydia, it is very important that your current sexual partner and any other recent partners are also tested and treated. The staff at the clinic or general practice will discuss with you which of your sexual partners may need to be tested. You may be given a ‘contact slip’ to send or give to your partner(s). Alternatively, with your permission, the clinic can do this for you. The slip explains that they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) and suggests that they go for a check-up. It may or may not say what the infection is. The slip will not have your name on it, so your confidentiality is protected. This is called partner notification. You are strongly advised to tell your partner(s), but it isn't compulsory. For further information see http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/
A. Treatment of chlamydia involves taking a course of antibiotic tablets either as a single dose or a longer course (up to two weeks). If there is a high chance you have the infection, treatment may be started before the results of the test are back.
A. To use a male condom correctly, follow these steps: - carefully open the foil packaging that the condom is wrapped in, taking care not to tear the condom - hold the tip of the condom between your forefinger and thumb to make sure it is put on - the right way round, and that no air is trapped inside (the condom may split if air is trapped inside) - place the condom over the tip of the penis - while squeezing the tip of the condom, roll it down over the length of the erect penis - if the condom will not unroll, it is probably on inside out – start again with a new condom as there may be sperm on it. For more information visit this page: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-do-i-use-condom.aspx
A. To use a female condom, follow these steps: carefully remove the female condom from its packaging, taking care not to tear it place the closed end of the condom into the vagina, holding the soft inner ring between your forefinger or middle finger and thumb use your other hand to separate the folds of skin (labia) around the vagina, then put the squeezed ring into the vagina put your index or middle finger or both in the open end of the condom until the inner ring can be felt and push the condom as far up the vagina as possible, with the outer ring lying against the outside of the vagina the outer ring of the condom should rest closely on the outside of the vagina at all times during sex – if the outer ring gets pushed inside the vagina, stop and put it back in the right place make sure that the penis enters the condom – take care to ensure that the penis does not go between the condom and the wall of the vagina For more information on contraception visit this page: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/contraception-guide/pages/how-do-i-use-condom.aspx
A. For a step-by-step guide, please visit this wikipage: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Condom
A. Sexual health line on 0300 123 7123 for confidential information and advice on sexual health Worth Talking About on 0300 123 29 30 for advice on contraception, sexual health and relationships (Mon-Fri 2pm-8pm, Sat-Sun 2pm-4pm) Brook on 0808 802 1234 for confidential sexual health information and advice for young people under 25 (Mon-fri 11am-3pm) You can also read and download leaflets about all STIs from the FPA website, or google sexual health and read other professional health sites for general information.
A. Urine tests for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea (need to have not passed urine for over an hour prior to passing the required sample) and blood tests for HIV and Syphilis
A. Usually all test results are returned within 2 weeks, including smears.
A. Chlamydia/ Gonorrhoea/ HVS/ HIV/ Syphilis: The clinician will discuss the results procedure when you have the tests taken. Smears: Letter to home, Client must be registered with a GP before we will take a smear