Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK. It is passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex and is particularly common in sexually active teenagers and young adults.
If you live in England, are under 25 and are sexually active, it is recommended that you get tested for chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partners.
Symptoms of chlamydia
Most people with chlamydia don't notice any symptoms and don't know they have it. If you do develop symptoms you may experience:
pain when urinating
unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum (back passage)
in women, pain in the tummy, bleeding during or after sex, and bleeding between periods
in men, pain and swelling in the testicles
If you think you're at risk of having an STI or have any symptoms of chlamydia, visit your GP community contraceptive service or local genitourinary medicing (GUM) clinic to get tested.
Getting tested for chlamydia
Testing for chlamydia is done with a urine test or a swab test. You don't always need a physical examination by nurse or doctor.
How chlamydia is treated
Chlamydia can usually be treated with antibiotics. You may be given some tablets to take on the day, or a longer course of capsules to take for a week.
The First Response Service (FRS) puts your mental health first. It provides 24-hour access, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to mental health care, advice and support.
If you are experiencing something that makes you feel unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health you can now contact the FRS by dialing 111 and selecting option 2. This service is for all ages. If you aren't able to make the call yourself then anyone can call on your behalf.
More information about mental health issues and where to get help can be found on these websites:
it's a busy time of year supporting young adultcarers as they make their transition fromCollege and Sixth Form into apprenticeships, university and employment. Support is being given to individuals across the county including Statury Carer's Assessments, help with writing a CV and support for planning a gap year.
Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It's usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress, it can also be a cry for help.
If you're self-harming you should see your GP for help.They can refer you to healthcare professionals at a local community mental health service for further assessment. The assessment will result in your care team working out a treatment plan with you to help with your distress.
Treatment for people who self-harm usually involves seeing a therapist to discuss your thoughts and feelings, and how these affect your behaviour and wellbeing. They can also teach you coping strategies to help prevent further episodes of self-harm. If you're badly depressed, it could also involve taking antidepressants or other medication.
There are organisations that offer support and advice for people who self-harm, as well as their friends and families. These include:
Samaritans - call 116 123 (open 24 hours a day), email: jo@Samaritans.org or visit your local Samaritans branch.
Mind - call 123 3393 or text 86463 (9am-6pm on weekdays)
Young Minds Parents Helpline - call 0808 802 5544 (9.30-4pm on week days)
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Types of self-harm
There are many different ways people can intentionally harm themselves, such as:
cutting or burning their skin
punching or hitting themselves
misusing alcohol or drugs
deliberately starving themselves (anorexia nervosa) or binge eating (bulimia nervosa)
People often try to keep self-harm a secret because of shame or fear of discovery. It's often up to close family and friends to notice when somebody is self harming, and to approach the subject with care and understanding.
Signs of self-harm
unexplained cuts, bruises or cigarette burns, usually on their wrists, arms, thighs and chests
keeping themselves fully covered at all times, even in hot weather
signs of depression, such as low mood, tearfulness or a lack of motivation or interest in anything
self-loathing and expressing a wish to punish themselves
not wanting to go on and wishing to end it all
becoming very withdrawn and not speaking to others
changes in eating habits or being secretive about eating, and any unusual weight loss or weight gain
signs of low slef esteem, such as blaming themselves for any problems or thinking they're not good enough for something
signs they have been pulling out their hair
signs of alcohol or drugs misuse.
People who self-harm can seriously hurt themselves, so it's important that they speak to a GP about the underlying issue and request treatment or therapy that could help them.