What is it?

Chlamydia is the most common STI amongst under 25s and is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis. Chlamydia is easily passed from one person to another through sexual contact; this includes penetrative sex (vaginal and anal) and oral sex.

What are the symptoms?

70% of infected women and 50% of infected men have no Chlamydia symptoms

Symptoms could include:

  • Unusual discharge from the vagina (or urethra), penis and/or anus
  • Pain when passing urine (peeing)
  • Pain or bleeding during sex
  • Swelling/soreness around the genitals
  • Lower abdominal (tummy) pain
  • If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause painful and serious health problems in men and women including infertility (inability to have children).

How do I get tested?

Find your nearest sexual health clinic using our services page.

Can it be treated?

Yes, Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics. Once diagnosed, you can't have sex for seven days (and until your partner has also been treated). You should always inform your sexual partner/s if you have Chlamydia so that they can get tested and treated too.

How can I prevent it?

Condoms are the only form of contraception to protect you against STIs. You can get FREE condoms from any easy access point for condoms


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