How Do You Get Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs (sexually transmitted infections) in the UK and affects up to 15% of sexually active young people under the age of 25. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection which is easily passed on through bodily fluids during unprotected sex.
The problem with Chlamydia is that often there are little or no symptoms at all and therefore, you can be unaware for months or years that you are actually carrying the infection.
Chlamydia is passed on from one person to another during unprotected sex. This can be vaginal, anal or oral and can also be passed on when using sex toys. The bacteria itself (Chlamydia Trachomatis), can easily live inside the cells of your cervix, rectum or urethra and can even sometimes affect the eyes, mouth and throat. If you are a woman who is pregnant, then Chlamydia can also be passed on to your baby.
YOU CANNOT GET CHLAMYDIA from:
- Sharing a Bath
- Sharing Towels
- Toilet Seats
- Cutlery, plates or Cups
- In Swimming Pools And Changing Areas.
If you are sexually active then it is a good idea to get yourself tested annually to check that you are not carrying the infection. Chlamydia is often referred to as a ‘silent’ infection and this is because quite often, it will show no symptoms at all.
WOMEN might notice:
- Unusual discharge, bleeding between periods or heavier periods than are normal for you, pain when having sex or bleeding afterwards, lower abdominal pain or pain when passing urine.
MEN might notice:
- A white or cloudy discharge from their genital area, pain when passing urine, pain in the testicles or irritation in the area.
The best course of action if you are sexually active is to get yourself a FREE Chlamydia Test. Testing is available to everybody and is completely free on the NHS. Tests are strictly confidential and completely free. These tests can be taken at your local GP, sexual health clinic or at various GUM clinics and pharmacies in your local area. You can search online for your nearest clinic by entering your postcode into the relevant field. There are also a number of free Chlamydia tests available online and these too are free and confidential. With online Chlamydia test kits, you take the test yourself by providing a urine sample and posting it off to the clinic for analysis.
How Is Chlamydia Treated?
If you happen to prove positive for Chlamydia then there is absolutely nothing to worry about. Chlamydia is easily treated with a simple course of antibiotics which will clear the infection up. Be sure to make sure that your sexual partner is also tested if you have proved to be carrying the bacteria.
Visit Best2Know for information on how to get free chlamydia tests, as well as contraceptive information and fun sexual positions.