Chlamydia is a sneaky bacterial infection is VERY common 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
- Causes infections in the penis and vagina and occasionally the throat and rectum
- Mom can pass on to baby during birth
What kind of symptoms could I have if I am infected?
- Often times no symptoms at all
- 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 bleeding after sex or between periods
- Vaginal discharge
- Pelvic or lower back pain
- Pain during sex
- 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
- Results usually take a week to come back
What if I test positive?
- This infection is treatable and curable.
- We will provide you with proper antibiotic treatment. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause serious health problems.
- You should know however that this is a “Publicly reportable disease” – meaning someone from Public Health may call you to ask you some questions.
- It is important you tell all partners from the last 60 days, or the last partner you had so they can be tested and treated also. If you are not comfortable notifying them, Public Health can help with that keeping you anonymous.
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