Did you know chlamydia testing is available online for people to order and test themselves at home?
Many people prefer to access sexual health information and services online because of the anonymity it provides. That’s why the county council, working with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust (GCS) is promoting the online testing service to try to encourage more people to test themselves.
To order a simple free testing kit, 16 to 24 year olds can visit www.freetest.me. The testing kit will arrive in the post in discreet packaging with a postage paid return envelope. Results and health advice will be issued by text message or email.
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial STI and more common in 15-25 year olds. It sometimes doesn’t have any associated symptoms, but can lead to serious long term impacts on the health of women (it infects both men and women). Early detection of Chlamydia through screening and diagnosis is important to enable access to treatment, and to help avoid onward transmission.
For more information on sexual health services in the county visit www.hopehouse.nhs.uk