Most common Sexually Transmitted infections!
Types of Common Sexually Transmitted Infections include:
Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Mycoplasma genitalium, Mycoplasma hominis, Treponema pallidum, Trichomonas vaginalis, Ureaplasma parvum / urealyticum, Gardnerella vaginalis, Herpes 1&2, MRSA
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK. It is transmitted through unprotected sex (sex without a condom) and is especially common among sexually active teens and young adults.
If you are female, sexually active, and under the age of 25 in the UK, we recommend that you have chlamydia tested once a year. At Marylebone Laboratory, we can take your swab/ urine and provide results within same day or next day if sample received after 4pm. If you are male, sexually active and under the age of 25 in the UK with your new or casual partner and do not use condoms, get tested for chlamydia once a year.
Symptoms of chlamydia
Most people with chlamydia are unaware of their symptoms and are unaware that they have chlamydia. If symptoms appear, the following may occur:
- Pain when peeing
- Abnormal discharge from the vagina, penis, or buttocks
- Abdominal pain, bleeding after intercourse, and bleeding between periods in women
- Pain and swelling of the testicles in men
- If you think you’re at risk for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or have symptoms of chlamydia, get tested by your doctor, local birth control service, or local genitourinary health (GUM) clinic.
How is chlamydia transmitted?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. Bacteria are usually transmitted through sex or contact with infected genital fluids (semen or vaginal fluids).
You can get chlamydia from:
- Unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex
- Sharing sex toys that are not cleaned or covered with a new condom after each use
- Your genitals come into contact with your partner’s genitals. That means you can get chlamydia from someone without penetrating, orgasming, or ejaculating.
- Infected semen or vaginal fluid in the eye
- It can also be passed from pregnant woman to baby. Chlamydia is not transmitted through casual contact, such as kissing or hugging, nor through sharing baths, towels, swimming pools, toilet seats, or cutlery.
Is chlamydia dangerous?
Chlamydia usually causes no symptoms and can usually be treated with a short course of antibiotics but can become severe if not treated early. If left untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body and lead to long-term health problems, especially in women.
In women, untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. In men, chlamydia rarely spreads to the testicles or epididymis (the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles), causing pain and swelling. called. It can also cause reactive arthritis in both men and women. For this reason, it is crucial to get tested and treated as soon as possible.
Get tested for chlamydia at Marylebone Laboratory
Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. A physical examination by a nurse or doctor is not required.
If you are offered a chlamydia test, consider getting tested. If you are female, sexually active and under the age of 25 in the UK, we recommend that you get tested for chlamydia once at Marylebone Laboratory. Your data and sample will be treated with absolute confidentiality. Click here to book an appointment.