Chlamydia is the most frequently reported STI caused by bacteria. It is a “silent” disease because 75 percent of infected women and at least half of infected men have no symptoms.

Severe complications can result from untreated chlamydia. Antibiotics are used to treat and cure chlamydia.

How you get it

Women and men can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person. An infected mother can also pass chlamydia to her baby during childbirth.


Most women have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure. Symptoms, if any, include:
• Abnormal vaginal discharge.
• “Burning” when passing urine.
• Bleeding between periods.
• Lower abdominal pain.
• Low back pain.
• Nausea.
• Fever.
• Pain during sex.

How to find out if you have it 

Your doctor can tell if you have chlamydia by testing your urine or by testing a swab sample taken from the infected site, such as the cervix.
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