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Chlamydia

What is it?

Chlamydia is one of the most common Sexually transmitted Infections in the UK. It is caused by a bacteria and it can be treated.

How did I get it?

From a sexual partner. If you have had sex without a condom you could be at risk, even though you feel perfectly healthy and you can carry it for months, even years, with no signs.

What are the symptoms?

The problem is that many people have no symptoms, so are not aware of the long term damage that may be taking place.

Possible symptoms are:

  • Vaginal or penile discharge.

  • Discomfort passing urine.

  • Irregular periods.

  • In women you may have abdominal pain and sex may be painful.

Occasionally Chlamydia can cause problems in other parts of the body, which may include and can cause irritation/redness in the eyes and Arthritis.

What will it do to me?

Untreated Chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which may damage the fallopian tubes, along which an egg has to travel, and can lead to difficulties in getting pregnant.

It may also cause ectopic pregnancies. This is when a pregnancy occurs outside the womb, which is a very serious problem.

It may also lead to long term problems with abdominal (pelvic) pain.

In men, it can lead to painful inflammation of the testicles, which may lead to infertility.

Where can I go?

Preferably your local GU Medicine/sexual health clinic, or a Doctor.

Can I be treated?

Yes, with a course of antibiotics. If you have Chlamydia your partner will also need treatment, even if they feel fine.

If you are worried that you may have got Chlamydia or have changed partners, have a check-up. Ring your local GUM clinic.

Always wearing a condom during sex will reduce the risk of becoming infected.

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