Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK. It is passed through sex without a condom. It is very common in sexually active teenagers as well as young adults.
Chlamydia can be symptom-less, so if you frequently change sexual partners it is strongly recommended that you get yourself tested each time you change.
Some symptoms that people do experience includes:
- pain or discomfort whilst urination
- unusual discharge
- women can experience pain in the tummy, and irregular bleeding
- men can experience swelling and pain in their testicles
If you think that you are at risk of having an STI or have any symptoms of chlamydia, then visit a sexual health clinic immediately and ask for a check up.
Ways of contracting chlamydia
You can get chlamydia through unprotected vaginal anal or oral sex. You may also get it from sharing your sexy toys with someone. So if you are doing that then make sure you was or cover them to prevent the bacteria from spreading.
You could also catch it from genital to genital contact with your partner.
Someone can also be infected through semen or vaginal fluid getting into your eye. Chlamydia can also be passed onto a baby in childbirth.
Chlamydia cannot be passed on through general contact, kissing, hugging, or from sharing baths or going into a swimming pool.
Chlamydia is very easy to treat, and usually requires you to take a one day course of antibiotics. However, in some cases you may be prescribed a longer course.
If you suffer from any of the symptoms then we strongly recommend that you go and visit your closest sexual health clinic as soon as possible, and do not engage in any unprotected sexual intercourse until you have been given the all clear.
In any type of disease the best type of treatment is prevention, so always try to wear a condom if you are having sex with a new partner.