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By Monica on 02 August, 2016

Did you know that Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK?  Not many people do – but although many people will not show symptoms, contracting the disease can create serious health problems in the future.

How could I get Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection transmitted through unprotected sexual contact – most often among young people and teenagers.   The NHS recommends that if you are sexually active and under 25, you should get tested for Chlamydia every year, or after a change of partners.  You can get a free, confidential test from any GP or GUM clinic.

What are the symptoms?

Many people do not display any symptoms, but you may experience the following:

  • Pain when urinating
  • Discharge from vagina, penis or rectum
  • If you’re a woman – abdominal pain, or bleeding after sex or between periods
  • If you’re a man – swollen and painful testicles

 What health problems can Chlamydia cause?

If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Inflammation of the testicles
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Infertility

How to protect yourself

Apart from abstinence, the best ways of protecting yourself are to use a condom, and to make sure sex toys are not shared – or if they are, they are washed thoroughly before each use.

How do you treat Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is treated with a course of antibiotics, sometimes over one day, sometimes over a week.  You should not have sex until the course is finished, and current and previous partners should also be tested/treated.

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