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Chlamydia

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by contact with body fluids through unprotected vaginal, anal, and oral sex. It is the most common bacterial infection among teens.

What are the symptoms?

You may feel abnormal vaginal discharge (most common), abdominal pain, bleeding between periods, pain during urination or sex, and frequent urination. However, many women never have symptoms. Men also have discharge from the penis, a burning sensation while urinating and painful or swollen testicles.

How do I get tested?

Urine test, vaginal, throat or rectal swab.

How do I get treated?

Antibiotics. You and your partner(s) must be treated to prevent re-infection.

What if I don’t treat it?

Chlamydia, can cause infertility, pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and arthritis.

How can I prevent it?

Know if your partner is infected before having sex. Abstinence is the only way to prevent it 100%. Use a latex, polyurethane, or polyisoprene condom every time you have sex.

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