Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) now has new chlamydia testing services in Doncaster, Rotherham and Worksop. The services are aimed at under 25s and run at different times of the week depending on which clinic you visit.
The chlamydia test involves taking a urine sample which is then sent off to the lab, results are available within a week. For those who test positive, antibiotics to treat the infection are provided. The clinics also offer information and advice on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and safer sex to young people, as well as giving out free condoms. The services are drop in so an appointment isn’t required.
Approximately one in ten under 25s have chlamydia and many don’t have any symptoms. If left untreated chlamydia can lead to serious health problems, including infertility.
Mal Mason, Chlamydia Screening Programme Coordinator for THT said “We wanted to create clinics that are convenient and accessible for young people so we based them in the town centres. Having a service aimed specifically at under 25s should make coming along much less daunting. If you’re under 25 and worried you might have put yourself at risk, please come along and get a test, you’ll find the clinics are friendly and you’ll be able to get peace of mind.”
The clinics are at the following times and locations:
• Doncaster, 7 Nether Hall Road, DN1 2PH
• Rotherham, 42B Moorgate Road, S60 2AW
• Youth Café, 35 Howard Street, S65 1VQ
• Worksop, Ryton Street Health Centre, Ryton Street, S80 1AA
As an extra incentive to test, all the clinics are running a ‘Wii for a wee’ prize draw until the end of the month. Those attending the clinic for testing will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a Nintendo Wii. The draw will take place on November 1st.
Services in Barnsley are coming soon and will be announced as soon as possible.
For further information on any of the new chlamydia clinics, please contact 01302 730400 or text 07816 068518.