The Chlamydia screening service in Newcastle offers a simple test to young people between the ages of 15 and 24 living in Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland to find out whether they have chlamydia, the most common sexually transmitted infection.
If left untreated, chlamydia, which often has no symptoms, can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and can leave both men and women infertile. However, it can easily be treated with a free short course of antibiotics.
The test can be done at home by simply peeing in a special pot and sending off the sample free of charge to a laboratory.
Testing kits and further information about chlamydia are available from the website www.checkyourbits.org
The central office is based at the New Croft Centre, New Croft House, Market Street East, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Central office telephone number: 0191 229 2958
The services' core hours are 9.00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, however the service also offers evening treatment options to patients in each locality and delivers screening events throughout the week, at the weekend both within and outside of the core hours.