Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease which affects both men and women. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease and is especially common in young people who are sexually active. Chlamydia is transmitted when you have sex, be it through traditional intercourse, anal or oral sex or from using sex toys with an infected person. You can go for many months and not know you are infected as the symptoms are quite minor and most people show no symptoms at all. If you do have any symptoms as a woman these might include a discharge that appears different than normal, you may need to urinate more often or experience pain when doing so. You might have pain in your abdomen and stomach or have irregular periods. Men on the other hand may experience discharge from the glans, pain or a burning sensation when taking a pee, painful swelling of the testicles or irritation at the tip of the glans. It is always important to practice safe sex to prevent sexually transmitted diseases but if you are worried you might have contracted Chlamydia then it is important that you have a chlamydia test.
Untreated Chlamydia can cause infection to spread to other parts of the body and can sometimes cause long term damage or infertility in women. It is therefore important, if you are sexually active, to get tested as soon as you can. You can make an appointment to see your GP or ask for help at a sexual and reproductive clinic or alternatively, if you are aged between 16 and 24, you can send off for a free Chlamydia test kit. The test is very simple and easy to use and can be undertaken by yourself in the comfort of your own home. There is no need to worry, test kits are sent in discreet packaging and treatment is both easy and free. Your results can even be sent to you via SMS and even if you test positive, Chlamydia is easily treated.
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