New Home Chlamydia Test Clamelle launched

Great news this test pack offer everything you need for a totally CONFIDENTIAL home chlamydia test.
Even better news Chlamelle involves no swabs & is totally pain free.

 Clamelle is a complete self test for screening for non symtomatic chlamydia in men and women.
Each Chlamelle pack Contains: urine sample bottle, transport container, plastic sample bag, pre-paid padded envelope & full instructions.

Results available and posted directly to you in less than 7 days

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Chlamydia-what is it and how does it affect me ?

What is Chlamydia ?

Chlamydia is now one of the most common sexually-transmitted infections, affecting approximately one in ten young people in the UK.

Although easily cured with antibiotics, chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women if left untreated.

It can also cause complications in men and lead to epididymitis, urethritis and Reiters disease

Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. Between 2004 and 2005, the number of confirmed cases of chlamydia in the UK rose by 5%, from 104,733 to 109,958.

Chlamydia is the single largest cause of sub fertility in Western Europe. Chlamydia is ofter carried without symptoms which is why screening at risk populations for Chlamydia is so important in helping to prevent the complications of Chlamydia

 How do you catch Chlamydia ?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI), it is transmitted (passed on) from one person to another during intimate sexual contact. You can catch chlamydia through:

  • having unprotected vaginal sex,
  • having unprotected anal sex,
  • having unprotected oral sex, or
  • having genital contact with an infected partner.

Chlamydia can also be passed from a mother to her baby during childbirth. Although no obvious symptoms are immediately apparent, the infection will often develop two weeks after birth, and can result in complications such as pneumonia.

What symptoms can Chlamydia cause ?

Chlamydia is often called the ‘silent’ disease due to the lack of noticeable symptoms. 

Because of this lack of symptoms many people are unaware that they have Chlamydia and can pass it on unknowingly. Around 50% of men and 70% of women who have the chlamydia infection will have no symptoms at all and many others have minro symptoms that they may not act on.

In women, genital chlamydia does not often cause any symptoms. However, some women may have ‘non-specific symptoms’ such as:

  • cystitis,
  • a change in their vaginal discharge, and
  • mild lower abdominal pain.

If left untreated, the chlamydia infection may lead to the following symptoms:

  • pelvic pain,
  • pain during sexual intercourse, or occasionally,
  • bleeding between periods.

The chlamydial infection can also spread to the womb, and cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is a major cause of infertility, ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage

A man with chlamydia commonly experiences a urethral discharge from the penis and may experience some discomfort on urinating (passing urine)

If you think you may have Chlamydia then see your GP or contact your local STI or GU clinic who will be able to arrange testing and treatment

How is Chlamydia diagnosed ?

Chlamydia can be diagnosed in a women by a cervical swab peformed by a doctor or nurse in a GU clinic, hospital clinic or a GP surgery and in a man by an urethral swab performed by doctor in a clinic or GP surgery

It can also be diagnosed by a simple urine sample which can be performed at home. The urine samples are then sent to a laboratory for analysis.

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How is Chlamydia treated ?

The good news is that Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics which are prescribable by your GP or by a hospital or GU clinic. It is very important that to prevent re-infection both partners are treated.

Can I screen myself for Chlamydia ?

Yes, for the last couple of years services have been available to allow individuals to screen themselves for Chlamydia. As chlamydia often has no symptoms , screening at home allows early diagnosis & treatment

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Chlamydia-can it affect male fertility ?

I was browsing through the Times online Fertility File and found this interesting article about Chlamydia and male fertility.

It is well known that Chlamydia can affect female fertility adversely by causing infection in the female urogential tract and blocking the fallopian tubes. Chlmaydia can also be a cause of recurrent miscarriage if untreated.

Here is an extract from the article

Chlamydia, the sexually transmitted infection (STI) carried by one in ten sexually-active young British adults can make men infertile by damaging the quality of their sperm, new research has shown.

While the condition, which usually passes undetected, has long been known to threaten female fertility, scientists from Spain and Mexico have now established that it presents similar risks for men.

Men with chlamydia have three times the normal number of sperm with genetic damage that can impair their ability to father children, the study found.

Antibiotic treatment can reverse the effect, and preliminary results indicate that it may dramatically enhance pregnancy rates when couples are trying for a baby. But the discovery suggests that the prevalence of the disease may be contributing to infertility across an entire generation of young adults.

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