Chlamydia

What it is and how to stop it

The most common STI in Australia but most infected don't even know that they have it

Chlamydia may be sly

But that dosn't means it's not a dangerous STI

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a type of bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common STI in Australia with most cases occurring in young people below the age of 24. It can occur in both males and females and is passed on by sexual fluids. You can have Chlamydia without even noticing, most people infected show no symptoms. But if not treated Chlamydia can cause long term damage, including infertility.


Symptoms for males include burning pain when urinating, whitish discharge coming from your penis, or irritation or soreness around the urethra (opening of the penis).


For females, symptoms include burning or pain when urinating, an unusual vaginal discharge, pain in the lower belly, unusual bleeding or spotting from the vagina, or pain or bleeding after sex.


Even if you show no signs of the symptoms mentioned above, if you are sexually active get tested for STIs.

How to prevent Chlamydia?

The easiest way to prevent Chlamydia is by using a condom. By using a condom you protect both you and your partner from STIs as well as avoid any unwanted pregnancy.


Before having sex make sure your partner has been tested and is free from chlamydia, remember it doesn't always show symptoms.


If you find that you do have Chlamydia, it can be easily cued with antibiotics. It is important though that you contact anyone you have had sex with and advice they be tested too.