No need to see your doctor, make an appointment, wait in line at a walk-in clinic or fill out countless forms.
Get tested online! Visit the CK Public Health website at www.chatham-kent.ca/publichealth (click the Easy Online STI Testing tab).
What are we testing for?
- Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection (STI) especially common among younger people. In 2011, individuals 18-24 made up 52% of all reported cases of chlamydia in Ontario.
- This same year there were 36,395 chlamydia cases reported in Ontario. In Chatham-Kent our confirmed cases have more than doubled in the past five years! Many others don’t even know they have it.
Are you at risk?
- Have you had unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex without a condom?
- Do you have a new sex partner or have you had more than two partners in the past year?
- Have you had sex with someone with a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?
If you have sex, get tested once a year and every time you plan to have sex with a new partner.
Up to 70% of girls and 50% of guys with chlamydia show no symptoms and can spread it to unsuspecting partners. People who show no symptoms don’t usually think of getting tested. “Symptom-free” doesn’t mean “infection-free”.
For those who have unprotected sex the first step is to get tested. Left untreated, this infection can lead to serious health problems. Untreated chlamydia in guys can lead to sterility, infection of the testicles and arthritis. Untreated chlamydia in girls can lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain, pregnancy complications and arthritis.
Chlamydia is easy to test for. Visit our EASY ONLINE TESTING site. Download the ‘testing form’ and drop by one of our five testing sites. No appointment needed. Testing is easy. Just pee in a cup.
If you do test positive, chlamydia is easy to treat and cure with a single dose of antibiotics. A registered nurse will contact you to offer free treatment.
Be informed, get tested, protect yourself and a friend! If you’re going to have sex, use a condom. The birth control pill will protect you from having an unplanned pregnancy, but will not protect you from an STI. Use a condom every time!
Need help with access to the website? Contact our clinic nurse at 519.355.1071 ext. 5491.