What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria that may or may not cause symptoms. You may not notice you have chlamydia because many people do not have signs and symptoms. It is not difficult to treat but left untreated it may lead to infertility.

How do I get chlamydia?

You can get chlamydia during sexual contact with an infected person through vaginal sex, anal sex and oral sex. It mostly affects young women, but it can occur in both men and women in all age groups.

Chlamydia symptoms

Sometimes the symptoms cannot be felt or seen. However, when symptoms appear you may notice the following:

  • Pain or burning when passing urine
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Abnormal vaginal discharge (may be yellowish with a strong smell)
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pus or watery/milky discharge from the penis
  • Swollen or painful testicles
  • Pain or discharge around the anus

Should I get tested?

Yes, testing for chlamydia usually requires a urine sample or a swab.

How do I get treatment?

Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics and treatment of sexual partners is also recommended.