Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Chlamydia Testing and Treatment Without Prescription

Looks like people in the UK are now able to walk into a pharmacy and have access to Chlamydia Test and Treat services:

Members of the public can purchase a chlamydia test kit from any participating pharmacy for £25, send a urine sample for testing and, if a positive result is returned, purchase treatment over the counter for a further £20. Testing of samples is included in the cost of the test kit, with results returned either direct to the customer or to the pharmacy where the test kit was purchased – or both.

Azithromcyin is available as Clamelle Tablets for people 16 years and over who have tested positive for chlamydia but have no symptoms and for their sexual partners.

Pharmacists can only supply Clamelle tablets to individuals who are confirmed as having a positive Nucleic Acid Amplification Technique (NAAT) chlamydia test result and to their sexual partners (without them needing to take a test).

Meanwhile, here in the US, our beloved politicians are still trying to decide if [female] patients can walk and chew gum at the same time, while principled pharmacists insist that dispensing meds is all about them.

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