Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria. You can get chlamydia from vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Chlamydia is common in the U.S. with over 1 million cases reported each year. Among all age groups, teens and young adults have the highest rates of infection.
Most females (and some males) who have chlamydia have no symptoms, and annual testing for chlamydia is recommended for all sexually active women age 25 and under.
What does chlamydia do to me?
Many times, the signs that you have chlamydia are not obvious. This is why you must be extremely careful if you notice any of the following signs:
- Discharge from the vagina
- Pain when peeing
- Pain when having sex
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Bleeding between periods
- Discharge from the penis
- Pain or burning when peeing
Is there a cure for chlamydia?
Yes! Luckily, chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics. If you have had chlamydia for a long time, chlamydia can lead to a more serious problem called Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can cause you to not be able to have babies in the future.
How do I find out if I have chlamydia?
Once you start having sex, make sure you ask your healthcare provider to test you for chlamydia at least once a year. A simple test using urine or or a swab from the infected area can determine if you or any of your partners have chlamydia.
How can I reduce my risk of getting chlamydia?
There are many ways to reduce your risk. The best way to avoid chlamydia or any STI is to not have sex. But if you choose to have sex, you can reduce your risk of getting an STI. Learn how here.