How Did this Happen?

  • Chlamydia is spread through unprotected sex – anal, oral and vaginal

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Most people are asymptomatic (they have no visible symptoms)
  • If there are symptoms, takes about 1-3 weeks after infection
  • Women – painful urination & painful intercourse, vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods
  • Men – painful urination & painful intercourse, penile discharge

What can I do now?

  • Antibiotics are used to treat chlamydia
  • Both partners must be treated simultaneously to avoid re-infection
  • Avoid sex – anal, oral and vaginal – during treatment

If I Ignore It, Maybe It Will Go Away?

  • No. If you notice any of the above symptoms, get tested
  • If left untreated, chlamydia can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in women, which can lead to infertility. In men, it can cause sterility.
  • An infected mother can also transmit it to her infant during childbirth.

How Can I keep this from Happening Again?

  • Avoid unprotected sex; use condoms (latex, polyurethane) for vaginal, anal and oral sex, as well as dental dams or nonperforated plastic wrap as a barrier if performing oral/vaginal or oral/anal sex.