NEWS: One, Two, Pee: Chlamydia tests offered at pubs

 

Chlamydia test kits to be passed out at pubs by NHS.
Chlamydia test kits to be passed out at pubs by NHS.

 

 

 

Don’t let good urine go to waste.

Going to the loo has never been more productive. Not only can you reapply make up, find out how your date is going by discussing it with your girlfriends/guyfriends, sober up/throw up – you will now also be able to get tested for Chlamydia in the toilet while you relieve your bladder.

The National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded healthcare system for the UK, announced a pilot scheme for the London areas of Ealing, Southall and Greenford, where Chlamydia home testing kits will be dispensed in pub and club toilets. If successful, it will be adapted to other parts of London.

The kit comes with a Chlamydia information leaflet, a “pee pot” for you to pee in and a prepaid envelope for you to mail your sample in. You’ll get your results in about a week through a text message, letter or doctor’s appointment.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection found in semen and vaginal fluids and is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the UK and US, with “up to one in 10 sexually active young people [having] chlamydia” according to the BBC. It is transmitted through vaginal, oral or anal sex and by sharing sex toys. It can also be passed from a pregnant woman to her baby. It can infect your eyes, rectum and throat, but it’s rare.

Luckily, it is one of the only STDs that can be treated and cured with antibiotics. It is often referred to as the “silent infection” because most people don’t have any symptoms when they are carrying it. However, symptoms include:

Women:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods or during or after sex
  • Pain with sex or when urinating
  • Lower abdominal pain

chlamydia in Female

 Men:

  • White/cloudy, water discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Pain when urinating
  • Painful testicles

 chlamydia in male

 If left untreated it can lead to:

  • Infertility and reactive arthritis and Reiter’s syndrome (inflammation of the eyes and urethra) in both men and women.
  • Women: painful pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy (when a pregnancy develops outside of the womb, usually in the fallopian tube), blocked fallopian tubes and pelvic pain
  • Men: painful testicle infection

We think this is a really good plan. If the people won’t go get tested, let the test come to the people. It’s a bit unusual, but it’s a lot less nervewrecking than going to the clinic. Not to mention the hours you’ll save by simply mailing in the urine sample. However, you can avoid all this by simply using protection every time you have sex.

– JD

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