Chlamydia is a very common bacterial STI which can be passed on during sex without a condom or other barrier method.
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Chlamydia is a common bacterial sexually transmissible infection (STI):
You can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who has the infection.
Using condoms or dams can decrease your chances of getting chlamydia.
Most people have no symptoms.
If you have a vagina, you may experience:
If you have a penis, you may experience:
You may experience discharge, bleeding or pain from the anus.
Chlamydia is tested either by a urine sample, or a swab from the cervix, vagina, throat or anus.
Chlamydia is treated effectively with antibiotics. However, if complications are suspected, a longer course of treatment is given.
If you have symptoms, they will usually start to go away a few days after you have started treatment.
If you still have symptoms a week after starting treatment, see your doctor again.
If you have a vagina, untreated chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is an infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes. PID can lead to infertility.
If you have a penis, untreated chlamydia can lead to infertility.
To avoid getting reinfected and passing chlamydia on to anyone else:
We recommend a repeat test one month after treatment for anal chlamydia and three months after treatment for all other types of chlamydia.
Your best protection to avoid getting chlamydia again is by:
When you've been diagnosed with an STI like this, all of your sexual partners from the last few months should be checked by a doctor.
It is very important that all your sex partners (regular and casual) are checked because if STIs are not treated they may cause serious problems later on.
If you have difficulty telling your partners, you can use Let Them Know for sample conversations, emails, text messages and letters you can send to your partners either personally or anonymously.
This fact sheet provides general sexual health information and is not intended to replace the need for a consultation with your doctor.
If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your doctor.
If you require urgent care, you should go to your nearest Emergency Department or call 000.