Gettting tested

Getting tested

If you've ever had unprotected sex it's important that you get tested for STIs. Around 70% of people with STIs don't develop any symptoms so you won't know if you've caught anything unless you get tested. Also, if you continue to have unprotected sex you could be spreading STIs to others.

There are different types of services available, depending on what you want to do. Some require a urine sample (pee in the pot), other require a swab (a sample taken with something similar to a cotton bud) from your penis or inside of your vagina. For HIV it is necessary to test your blood. This can be done at various venues in Redbridge, see below, a clinic or you can order a test you can use yourself from www.test.hiv

 

Visiting a clinic

Most clinics have a walk-in and wait session for under 20's.  Click here for information on opening times and what's available www.bhrhospitals.nhs.uk/sexual-health.

Being in the clinic

Both young men and young women are usually nervous before visiting a clinic for the first time. Remember that everyone working with sexual health are professionally trained nursed and doctors. They get lots of people through their doors every day. In clinics marked with the Young People Friendly logo, the staff have also received a lot of extra training to work with young people.

Clinics work in different ways; some are walk-in and wait services whilst others you need to make an appointment. Most offer both options. Walk-in (also known as Drop-in) clinics can get crowded so arrive early to make sure you're seen that day. If you need to be seen within a specific time it is best to book an appointment.

When you are seen you will probably be asked a few questions about your sexual history. Be honest because the answer will help the clinic to offer you the right checks and possible treatment. The staff won't judge you. They will offer you advice on how you can protect yourself in the future.

Getting your results

You will not get all your test results when you are in the clinic as they have to be sent to a lab. If you test positive on anything the clinic will call you to let you know what to do. Give them your mobile phone number if you don't want them to call your house. They will not send any letters to your house if you tell them to only contact you by phone.

Chlamydia testing

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. It can easily transfer through unprotected sex. 1 in 14 young people between 16 and 25 are thought to have Chlamydia. Most people don't experience any symptoms so you might have Chlamydia without knowing. But Chlamydia can lead to serious problems in the future. You can even become infertile, meaning you're not able to have a child.

How can I get tested?

All you need to do for a Chlamydia test is give a urine sample (pee in a pot). The testing is confidential and you will usually get the test results through a phone call or text message. If you have Chlamydia, don't panic as treatment for Chlamydia is very simple.

Where can I get tested?

Testing for Chlamydia is free and confidential in Redbridge for young people aged 15-25.  You can get tested:

  • In a sexual health clinic: They will give you a pot to pee in and send off the sample for you.
  • In a pharmacy: They will give you the pot and you can usually choose whether you want to take the test there or at home.  They can also provide treatment if needed.
  • At your local GP
  • By ordering a home test kit: If you live in Redbridge you can order a kit to be sent home to you. You fill out a piece of paper and return the pack with the urine sample. Just click on this address http://freetest.tht.org.uk/ to order your free test kit.

Most pharmacies in Redbridge, including all the YPF accredited ones, offer free and confidential Chlamydia testing and treatment to young people under the age of 25.