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Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection passed on by having sex.

If you're sexually active, it's a good idea to get tested. You can get tested by your GP, Sexual Health Centre, Family Planning Clinic, or school clinic.

You can be tested for chlamydia with a simple swab or a urine test. You may be able to take the swab yourself. Even if you feel embarrassed, it's better to get checked than to have untreated chlamydia.

Symptoms of chlamydia

Many people with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Women with chlamydia may have vaginal discharge, pain when peeing, pain during sex, unusual vaginal bleeding, or lower abdominal pain. Men may have a discharge from their penis, pain when peeing, or pain in their testicles.

Treating chlamydia

Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. Your sexual partner will need to be treated at the same time.

You should avoid sex or use condoms until seven days after you and your partner have been treated.

If left untreated, chlamydia can cause more serious problems including infertility in men and women.

Using a condom every time you have sex is the best way to protect yourself from getting or passing on chlamydia.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed February 2019.

See also:

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease

Telling your sexual partner (partner notification)

Understanding your vaginal swab results

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