Should I tell my partner?

Why do partners and ex-partners need to be involved?

If you have had sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) with this person they may also have Chlamydia. Unless you tell them, they may never know that they have the infection.

What will happen if my partner/ partners are not told?

  • You may become re-infected if you have sex with them again.
  • They may pass the infection on to others.
  • Both men and women may develop serious health problems including infertility (being unable to have a baby).

How do I tell them?

We understand that it can seem daunting to talk about something so personal. Most people will be grateful that you have taken the trouble to notify them. The Nurse Advisor can help you find the best way to approach your partner.

What if I don’t wish to tell them myself?

The Nurse Advisor can arrange to do this for you in a confidential way without mentioning your name.

Remember it is not about blame but about looking after each other!

Once you have told your partner it is their responsibility to seek help and your responsibility to protect yourself from re-infection. Informing current and recent ex-partners is important.

  • It is being responsible and mature
  • It will help to cut down the number of people with Chlamydia and therefore reduce the chances of you getting it again in the future