Treatment for Chlamydia
PCPdirect online service for the treatment of Chlamydia
This service has been developed for use by men and women from 16 years upwards.
Who can use this service?
The service is available to men and women only who have screened positive for Chlamydia or who have symptoms diagnosed by a medical practitioner as Chlamydia and who are aged 16 years and over. Overseas purchasers may be restricted by legislation in their own country.
How the service works
The following information is provided for you to determine whether treatment for Chlamydia is appropriate. Should you consider that this is the case you will then be given options for treatment, this includes links to proprietary products marketed for the treatment of Chlamydia and the opportunity to participate in an online consultation to see whether the online GP considers antibiotic treatment is appropriate.
If the online GP decides antibiotics are appropriate our service will allow you to purchase a short course which should be sufficient to treat your condition.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. It is very common and is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia Trachomatis which is found in the semen of men and vaginal fluids of women. Chlamydia affects between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 people and is most commonly seen in the 16 to 25 year age group. It may also be seen in older people who are sexually active with new partners.
Chlamydia is passed from one person to another by sexual contact, especially when condoms are not used. It can also be passed on fingers to the eyes after touching the genital area.
The symptoms of Chlamydia vary, however, in as many as 70% of cases there are no symptoms at all and this may remain the case for months or years to come. When symptoms do appear women may experience an unusual vaginal discharge, may experience pain when having sex, may be in constant pain below the belly and may need to pass water more often – If there is a vaginal discharge then it is unlikely just to be a water infection. Men may have pain passing water and some discharge from the penis. If there is any doubt about whether there is an infection you should seek advice from your GP or local GUM clinic.Treatment is important, Chlamydia can cause a lot of discomfort, it may also cause more serious problems affecting fertility and other organs such as the liver.
How can I find out if I have Chlamydia?
If you already have symptoms of an infection you should see your GP or visit your local GUM clinic. The Government has been supporting a program of Chlamydia screening for 16 – 24 year olds and you may be entitled to free screening and treatment. Click the link below to find out your nearest treatment centre.
If you are over 24 you may purchase a chlamydia screening test for £19.99 clicking the link above.