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Chlamydia is the one of the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infections. There are many myths about chlamydia. Key facts are:

  • Chlamydia affects both men and women.
  • About 1 in 10 sexually active young people who get tested prove positive for Chlamydia.
  • You can only contract Chlamydia by having sex however this can include vaginal, anal or oral sex, or by sharing sex toys.
  • You can only contract Chlamydia from someone who has the infection - but they might not know they are infected.
  • People infected with Chlamydia may have had it for a long time (years in some cases) without realising.
  • At least 70% of people who have Chlamydia have no obvious symptoms and do not know they are infected.
  • Testing for Chlamydia is extremely important as failure to treat the condition can lead to infertility in later life.
  • Chlamydia can also be passed to the eyes if infected genital body fluid (vaginal discharge or semen) gets into them.

Do you have Symptoms?

If you have symptoms you should get yourself tested to avoid infection developing and from transferring it to someone else.

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