Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed bacterial STI and often has no symptoms at all.

How would I get it?

  • Spread through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner, mutual masturbation and sharing of sex toys
  • Can cause infections in the penis and vagina, and occasionally throat and rectum
  • Can be passed from an infected mother to infant during birth

What kind of symptoms could I have if I am infected?

You may have NO SYMPTOMS at all if you are infected. Other times you may have some or all of the symptoms listed below.

All sexes:

  • Pain or burning when peeing
  • Pain, itching, bleeding, mucus discharge of the rectum (rectal infection)
  • Sore throat, cough, swollen lymph nodes, and/or fever (throat infection)

Vaginal symptoms:

  • Vaginal bleeding after sex or between periods
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Pelvic or lower back pain
  • Pain during sex

Penile symptoms:

  • Itchy urethra
  • Clear, watery or milky discharge from the penis
  • Testicular pain or swelling

How do I prevent this?

  • Condoms and dental dams

How do I get tested?

  • Urine and/or swabs of exposed sites; expect results to come back in 1-2 weeks

What if I test positive?

  • This infection is treated with antibiotics and curable
  • If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious health problems
  • Chlamydia is a reportable infection – meaning someone from Public Health may contact you for further information
  • Any partners from the last 60 days need to be notified; if you have not had a partner in the last 60, then the most recent partner needs to be notified. Should you prefer to remain anonymous, Public Health can assist by notifying any or all partners. 

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