Infections

Chlamydia

What is Chlamydia?

It is a bacterial infection. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection.

How is Chlamydia spread?

Chlamydia is transmitted by having vaginal, oral or anal sex, even if the man does not ejaculate.

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?

In women:

  • No symptoms in 80%
  • Irregular bleeding or bleeding after sex
  • Purulent vaginal discharge
  • Pain on passing urine
  • Lower abdomen pain

In men:

  • No symptoms in 50% of men
  • Pain on passing urine
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Testicular pain or rectal pain

What are the complications?

In women:

  • Inability to get pregnant
  • Risk of ectopic pregnancy
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Tubal damage
  • inflammation of the lining of the uterus

In men:

  • inflammation of the testicle

How can I test of Chlamydia?

A simple urine test for men and women.

What is the treatment for Chlamydia?

Antibiotics – a prescription faxed to a pharmacy of your choice.