Both men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The Surgery provides a range of Sexual Health Services which can be accessed in the first instance by booking an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
NHS Suffolk also provides Sexual health Services 01473 428001 which can be freely accessed by any patient.
Sex and Young People https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/getting-contraception/
STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections) https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/
Netdoctor - Sex & Relationships https://www.netdoctor.co.uk/conditions/sexual-health/
It is estimated that 1:10 young people, both men and women, under the age of 25 may have chlamydia. (This does not of course mean that patients outside of this age range are immune to this or any other Sexually Transmitted Illness!)
Many people who have chlamydia may not be aware as they may have no symptoms.
Screening is now available by doing a simple urine test and a self-taken low vaginal swab.
Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics; left untreated chlamydia can cause serious long-term health consequences such as infertility.
Sexual partners also need to be seen.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, most commonly spread through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
75% of people infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms. However, testing and treatment are simple.
There are many ways and places to get tested for Chlamydia. It can be done in the surgery, or if you prefer, you can request a test kit via e mail, text message or phone call.
Go to amiclear.com or phone 01473 275228 for more details.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (under-25s) has more information on chlamydia.
NHS Choices - Focus on Chlamydia