Sexual Health

Interview 53 - Fiona

Age at interview: 20
Age at diagnosis: 20

Brief outline: Fiona was diagnosed with Chlamydia but all her other STI's test results were negative. She saw the clinic's health adviser who explained about the treatment and provided information and advice. The treatment for Chlamydia consisted of four tablets of Azithromycin 250mg. and she was advised to abstain from sexual intercourse for the next seven days.

Background: Full-time student; single. Fiona and a few friends thought it would be a good idea to go and get tested for STIs. She said there was a lot of awareness campaign about STIs in her university. Ethnic background' White British.

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Fiona decided to get tested for Chlamydia and all the other STI’s including HIV. She was not particularly worried and she did it after she realised several of her friends have gone to get tested. She waited a few days and to her surprised and dismay she was told that her Chlamydia result was positive. All her other test’s results were negative. Fiona never expected to be diagnosed with Chlamydia since her attitude has always been to use condom, except on a few occasions.

Following her Chlamydia positive result she made an appointment for the same day to see the health adviser who explained about the treatment and provided information and advice. Fiona received a one course of treatment that consisted of four tablets of Azithromycin 250mg that she took during the consultation. She was advised to abstain from sexual intercourse for seven days and told that for the next six weeks, following her treatment, any further Chlamydia test would come out positive.

Fiona was very surprised to hear that any form of unprotected sex (without a condom) can put you at risk of catching Chlamydia, including oral sex.

The health counselor also went through Fiona’s partner’s history and asked if she was going to tell them or, alternatively, the clinic runs a service that get in touch with ex-partners, explains the situation and invite them to get tested. This is totally anonymous and her name would not be mentioned at all.

Overall, Fiona thinks that the service is excellent and she thinks that it is a good idea to get tested once a year.



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