What is it?
Chlamydia is a bacteria that can infect the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, urethra, anus and, less commonly, the throat. If left untreated, chlamydia may lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can cause infertility and may cause testicular pain and infertility in men.
How do you get it?
Signs and symptoms
Symptoms can occur within 7-21 days of infection.
The infection can spread from the cervix into the uterus and fallopian tubes, causing inflammation. This can lead to scarring, blockage and abscess formation, which may result in infertility, ectopic pregnancy, chronic pain or recurrent infection.
Chlamydia can be diagnosed by taking swabs or a urine test at a GP or sexual health centre.
Either a single dose or a 7-14 day course of antibiotic tablets.
Always use condoms for oral, anal and vaginal sex.