What if I test negative?
What if I test positive?
What if I think I already have it now?

Here's what will happen and who you might talk to.


What If I Have It?

If you already have symptoms of a sexually transmitted Infection (STI) you don’t need to take a chlamydia test.
Instead you should...

...go directly to your local iCaSH (contraceptive and sexual health) clinic and they will be able to diagnose it and provide you with free treatment. You could also go to your GP or the Walk-In Centre, but they may refer you to iCaSH. Contact details are at the bottom of this page.

If you don’t have symptoms and you take a test it will take between 7-10 days to get your results back.
  • If your test is Negative (you don’t have chlamydia) you will be contacted by the Chlamydia Screening Programme (CSP), usually by text with a message, if you've provided your mobile number, that says “test’s negative keep safe”.

  • If your test is Positive (you have chlamydia) getting treated is simple. A Health Adviser from the CSP will phone to arrange treatment locally at a time that is convenient for you. If the Health Adviser can’t contact you on the telephone you may receive a text message asking you to phone back on a confidential line. Don’t worry about mobile credit as the CSP will be happy to call you back. Chlamydia is treated with a course of antibiotics.

If I have it should I tell anyone?
If you have a positive chlamydia test a Health Adviser from the CSP will help arrange your treatment and will discuss informing partners (anyone with whom you have had intimate sexual contact).
There are a number of ways that partners may be contacted confidentially. Current partners need to be treated otherwise you may become infected again. Ex-partners also need to be tested and treated as you may have had this infection for a while….
Remember, if you have no symptoms how do you know for sure when or who you got the infection from? Equally nobody can be certain they got the infection from you either. Most people do not have symptoms and may have had chlamydia for years without knowing. This means that a partner can pass it on to you without knowing they are infected.

Will I need another test to check that it has gone?
If you have been treated with Azithromycin or Doxycycline antibiotics you don’t normally need another test to check that the infection has cleared. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding and have been treated with Erythromycin antibiotics the Health Adviser will suggest that you have another test about 5 weeks after completing the treatment.
To make sure that your treatment is effective you must:
  • Complete the course of antibiotics

  • Follow the medication instructions carefully

  • Not have any sexual contact, even if you use a condom, for at least 7 days or until you have completed all of your tablets.  If you have sexual contact during the treatment you may re-infect each other.
If you’ve agreed to it, one of the CSP Health Advisers will contact you after you’ve completed your treatment to make sure everything went ok.

Useful Sexual Health Services in Norfolk

iCaSH (integrated Contraception and Sexual Health) Norfolk
Free and confidential clinics that offer testing for a wide variety of sexually transmitted infections and provide a wide range methods of contraception. Clinics are in:
Kings Lynn
(Vancouver House, County Court Road PE30 5EJ)
(1a Oak Street NR3 3AE)
Great Yarmouth
(Breydon Clinic, Northgate Hospital, Northgate St. NR30 1BU)

Tel: 0300 300 30 30

Rouen House Walk-In Centre

Free and confidential health service at which you do not need to be registered - just walk in!

NB Morning After Pill can be accessed here, but for full range of contraception options please go to iCaSH.

Opening times - check website for up-to-date info.
Rouen House, Rouen Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1RB

Tel: 01603 677500