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What is it?

Chlamydia is a bacterial STD. You get it from having oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who’s infected.

A mother can pass chlamydia onto her unborn baby.

Chlamydia is very common in teenagers and young adults.

If you have chlamydia, and you are exposed to HIV, it’s more likely that you’ll get HIV.

What are the symptoms?

Up to 75% of people with chlamydia have no symptoms. However, if you are FEMALE you may have:
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Painful sex
  • Irregular menstrual bleeding
  • Lower stomach pain or back pain
  • Fever or nausea
If you are MALE, you may have:
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Burning feeling when urinating
  • Genital burning and itching
  • Painful or swollen testes
You can get chlamydia in your throat if you perform oral sex on someone who is infected.

If you have anal intercourse with someone who has chlamydia, it can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding.

What are the effects?

If left untreated in women, the infection can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can lead to long term pain, infertility, or even death. In men, chlamydia may cause pain, fever, and sterility.

Is there a cure?

Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics.

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