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Chlamydia

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection passed on by unprotected sexual contact. It can infect the cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, urethra, rectum, testes, scrotum and less commonly the throat.

Symptoms

Symptoms mainly occur within 2-14 days of infection (but it may take as long as 21 days) and may include:

Women

  • abnormal vaginal or rectal discharge
  • unusual bleeding (sometimes after intercourse)
  • pelvic pain
  • pain through intercourse or passing urine

Men

  • a creamy discharge from the urethra
  • stinging when urinating
  • tickling along the shaft of the penis

Most commonly, however, there are no symptoms of Chlamydia – which is why it is important to have regular sexual health checks.

Treatment

  • Chlamydia can be successfully treated with antibiotics

Prevention

  • Using a condom and/or dental dam will reduce the risk of infection
  • Regular sexual health checks

Note:

  • If left undiagnosed, Chlamydia may lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), which can cause infertility.

This is only a brief overview and should not substitute for professional medical advice. The Melbourne Sexual Health Centre has information about Chlamydia here:
http://www.mshc.org.au/Portals/_default/uploads/fact_sheets/chlamydia_a4.pdf

For more information phone RhED 1800 458 752 or email sexworker@sexworker.org.au