Written by Dr Claudia Pastides, 11th March 2019
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection. Studies have estimated that between 1.5% and 10% of people aged 15-24 will have chlamydia. This easily treated infection often has no symptoms, so it is important to have a sexual health screen if you could be at risk of chlamydia.
Caused by bacteria, chlamydia is spread through vaginal, oral and anal sex.
You are more likely to get chlamydia if you:
- Are sexually active
- Have multiple sexual partners
- Have sexual intercourse without a condom
- Are of younger age (under 25)
- You have a history of prior sexually transmitted infections
When to speak to a doctor
Chlamydia is best tested for and treated at a sexual health clinic. It is recommended that you are also tested for other sexually transmitted infections at the same time. To find your local NHS sexual health clinic, go here.
It is important to speak to a doctor if you have:
- Symptoms that do not resolve despite antibiotic treatment
- Recurring symptoms
- Abdominal pain
- Pelvic pain
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- Always using a condom
- Getting regular screenings
- Asking your partner to be tested for sexually transmitted infections
- Avoiding intercourse until treatment has been completed
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV - https://www.bashh.org/documents/Chlamydia_PIL_DIGITAL_2016.pdf
Sexwise - https://sexwise.fpa.org.uk/stis/chlamydia
- Most people with chlamydia do not have symptoms, so it is important to get screened for this infection
- Increased urination
- Painful urination
- Penile discharge
- Testicular pain or swelling
- Pain with ejaculation
The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.