Chlamydia

Chlamydia

This sexually transmitted infection (STI) is a condition which can appear silently. You may not realise you have it as it can occur without noticeable signs in both men and women. This can mean that you may not seek a chlamydia test and/or the best treatment options for you, right away. If you do contact us for help, you may feel embarrassed or anxious regarding any possible results but rest assured that we can provide you with 100% confidential, fast and discreet testing and care.

Symptoms of Chlamydia

  • Pain when passing urine
  • An unusual discharge from your vagina, penis or bottom
  • For women – you could have pain in your tummy, notice bleeding after sex and bleeding between your periods
  • For men – you could have pain and notice swelling in the testicle area

What causes Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. The bacterium is usually spread between partners during sex or by contact with infected genital fluids (this means semen or vaginal fluid).

Chlamydia can be transmitted by:

  • The practice of unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex
  • The sharing of sex toys which are not washed or covered with a new condom each time they are used
  • Your genitals coming into contact with your partner’s genitals – this means that it is possible to get chlamydia infection from someone even if there is no penetration, orgasm or ejaculation occurring during the sexual activity
  • Infected semen or vaginal fluid getting into your eye

Chlamydia infection can also be passed by a pregnant woman onto her baby.

Please note chlamydia cannot be passed on through casual contact – like kissing and hugging or by sharing baths, towels, swimming pools, toilet seats or cutlery.

Treatments for Chlamydia

You may be wondering how to treat a chlamydia infection. Chlamydia can normally be treated with a short course of antibiotics, started as soon as possible.

There are long term effects of a chlamydia infection if left untreated. It can spread further, causing Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy and even infertility in women. For men, in rare cases, the chlamydia infection can spread to the testicles and epididymis (the tubes which carry sperm from the testicles) making them painful and swollen. This is called epididymitis or epididymo-orchitis (the inflammation of the testicles).

If chlamydia is a concern, take the first step to help yourself by booking an appointment without delay for an expert consultation where we can arrange a rapid result test for you if necessary. It is a urine test or a swab test.

Are you under 25 years old?

The NHS advises that if you are a woman, sexually active and under 25 in England, it is recommended you have a chlamydia test annually, and when you have sex with new or casual partners.

If you are a man, sexually active and under 25 in England, the NHS advice is to recommend that you have a chlamydia test annually if you are not using condoms with new or casual partners.

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