Testing

Get tested!

The welfare team organise Chlamydia testing throughout the year in College, but it is a good idea to have a full screening at either The Laurels by the Grafton centre, or Clinic 1A in Addenbrooke’s.

Remember:

  • It’s free;
  • It’s completely confidential;
  • Any treatment will be free;
  • You can pick up more free condoms.
  • If you have an HIV test, nobody will know (occasionally insurers will check with GPs to see if their patient has been tested by them);

Clinic 1A Tel: 01223 217 774 or 217 239 (Mon-Fri: 0900-1700 for an appointment or general enquiries)

The Uni 4 bus goes from just by the Porters’ Lodge to Addenbrooke’s and only costs 50p if you show your Uni card.

Even if you’re in a monogamous relationship currently or haven’t been sexually active for a while, there is a chance that you could have picked something up and not realised. Many sexually transmitted infections can lie dormant for years or have very few symptoms, if any.

 

Chlamydia tests

 

Chlamydia (self-administered) tests are available from Hermione (G3), Thurstan, Tom or the college nurse. Chlamydia affects one in ten people under the age of twenty-five, and often has no symptoms. If a test is positive, then a simple course of antibiotics will clear it up, and the sooner you find out, the better. The nurse can send them off for results but any of the welfare team can pass them on to her so there it can still be done anonymously.

When you fill in the information on the test pot, please do make sure you fill in every field, especially the date; otherwise the lab might not be able to test it. You will also need to fill in the code for the test centre: ours is 5JHUG.

James Ferryman
James Ferryman,
Welfare & Men's Officer