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What is it?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact.

What are the symptoms?

Chlamydia can show symptoms between 1 and 3 weeks after intial contact but at least half of all people (both men and woman) with the infection show no signs at all.

If you do have symptoms they may include:

In Men

  • A white or cloudy discharge form the penis
  • Swollen testicles
  • Pain when going for a wee

In Women

  • Pain when going for a wee
  • Bleeding during or after sex/between periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen

Tests and treatment

A Nurse or Doctor can detect Chlamydia by a simple Chlamydia test, which involves wiping a swab over parts of the body that could be infected (the eye, throat, cervix, rectum or urethra). If the infection is found then it can be treated, effectively, with a course of antibiotics.

It is also possible to take a Chlamydia test by post -these are supplied for free if you are aged 14 to 26by You can also order a FREE chlamydia test direct from the Terrence Higgins Trust.

The kit is sent in plain packaging and the whole process is confidential.

What can happen if its not treated?

It is highly unlikely for Chlamydia to go away without treatment and without treatment you are not only risking long term damage to yourself but also to any future sexual partners.

If left untreated the following can occur:

In Men

  • Painfully infected testicles
  • Reduced fertility

In Women

  • PID (pelvic inflammatory disease)
  • Blocked fallopian tubes
  • Infertility
  • Inflamed and painful liver
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