Chlamydia

7 out of 10 people who get chlamydia have no symptoms

What is Chlamydia and how do you get it?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that you get by having unprotected vaginal, anal (butt hole) or oral sex with someone who is infected with chlamydia. You cannot get chlamydia from kissing, holding hands sneezing or casual touching, or from sharing forks, spoons or knives, water bottles, soda cans or glasses.

What are the symptoms?

In females: vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, pain when urinating (peeing), pain in lower abdomen, nausea and fever, and frequent urination (feeling like you need to pee a lot, but not much comes out).

In males: watery or white discharge from penis, pain or burning with urination (burning when you pee), frequent urination, and swelling or pain in testicles.

Symptoms appear within 7 – 28 days of having sex. But there are often no symptoms at all.

Do I need to get treated for chlamydia?

If left untreated, chlamydia can cause more serious infections that might damage your reproductive organs. Guys won’t be able to make babies and girls won’t be able to have babies. Multiple chlamydial infections increase a woman’s risk of serious complications including Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, PID and ectopic pregnancy.

Because Chlamydia is very contagious, it is important to try and notify all your sex partners so they can also get treatment. We suggest that you not have unprotected sex while being treated, because you just keep passing the infection back and forth to your partner.

What is the treatment for chlamydia?

Good news! Chlamydia is 100% curable! Once a medical professional diagnoses someone with chlamydia they prescribe a 7-day course of medications that make the chlamydia go away. It is important to take ALL the medication; don’t stop taking the medicine just because the symptoms are gone. If you stop taking the medicine before it is all gone the chlamydia will come right back!

How do I prevent getting or spreading chlamydia?

The best prevention against chlamydia for people who are sexually active is to use latex or polyurethane condoms. If you are being treated for chlamydia and have vaginal, oral or anal sex, it is very important to use latex or polyurethane condoms to prevent transmitting it to your partner.