Information & Advice
Published 13th November 2008
If your test is negative, this indicates that you didn't have chlamydia at the time of the test. To avoid getting chlamydia in the future, it's really important that you protect yourself by using a condom every time you have sex. Using a condom can help reduce your risk of getting or passing on chlamydia and other STIs including HIV.
If your test is negative but you've got some of the symptoms we mentioned earlier, make sure you see your GP or go along to a GUM (genitourinary medicine), sexual health or contraceptive (family planning) clinic. You might have a different infection and you'll need different tests.
If your test is positive, this indicates that you're infected with chlamydia. Don't panic. Chlamydia is usually easy to treat with antibiotics. If you do get a positive result, it's very important that you receive treatment as soon as possible to clear the infection. You can get advice and treatment at selected Boots pharmacies in England and Wales.*
A charge is made for treatment, but some Boots pharmacies can offer treatment free on the NHS - ask in store for details. Make sure that you bring your Customer Reference Number with you, as you'll need this to get treatment at Boots.
We recommend that you don't have sex (even with a condom) until you've been treated and for 7 days afterwards, so that you don't pass the infection on.
If you test positive for chlamydia, there's a strong chance that your partner will have it too, so it's really important that you tell any current and previous partners. Partners can usually be treated at Boots without the need to do a test.* A charge is usually made for treatment. Getting treated can stop them from having problems in the future, or passing the infection back to you or on to someone else.
If your partner is aged 16 or over*, they can get treatment from a selected Boots pharmacy in England and Wales. They won't need to take a test themselves, but they can do if they'd like to. It's important that all partners come in for treatment, even if they have no symptoms.
Click here to find out what you can do to stop getting chlamydia
One of your sexual partners has tested positive for chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection. It affects both men and women, and often has no symptons. However, it can cause medical problems if left untreated. If you've come into sexual contact with someone who has chlamydia, you're probably infected too.
But don't worry, it's usually easy to treat with a course of antibiotics. It's important that you get treated as soon as possible. Selected Boots pharmacies can offer confidential treatment* and advice. A charge is made for treatment. Some Boots pharmacies can offer treatment free on the NHS-ask in store for details .
*Not all Boots pharmacies offer treatment, go to our Store Locator page or call 0845 070 8090 to find your nearest store. Treatment is provided at the pharmacist's discretion and is subject to a consultation.
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