Chlamydia Trachomatis is a bacterial virus and found in semen and vaginal fluids of those carrying the infection, writes sex and relationships therapist Emma Ziff.
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Pharmacies have undertaken Chlamydia screening in-house, and it has been extremely successful for both patients and the pharmacy.
If the service is commissioned to the pharmacy, there is financial support in setting it up from local commissioners. You will also be reimbursed for any antibiotics distributed to customers.
There is a list of core requirements to setting the service up, running it efficiently and in accordance with clinical guidance. All the information can be found on http://www.chlamydiascreening.nhs.uk/
The NCSP (National Chlamydia Screening Programme) has set out a Chlamydia testing service specification and the requirements for a pharmacy-based screening.
It includes the administration of the antibiotic Azithromycin without prescription. It can take up to three months to organise running this programme so do make sure you give yourself time.
Running a Chlamydia-screening pharmacy
Testing may involve using a swab or urinating in to a container. If you feel the patient is likely to have the infection, you may want to start the treatment before they receive the results. Chlamydia can usually be treated effectively with antibiotics if taken correctly.
It is important that the patient knows that they need to abstain from sex, even with a condom, until they have received their test results and completed the treatment if it was positive. They may need to come back for further testing if:
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