Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection – 1 in 10 young men and women (under 25) who are having sex have got it, but many don’t know as sometimes there are no symptoms.
How you get it
Through unprotected (condomless) vaginal or anal penetrative sex, or (less likely) through oral sex.
Most of the time, none, but sometimes pain when urinating (for males), lower abdominal pain (for females) or unusual discharge from the vagina or any discharge from the penis.
Testing for chlamydia is incredibly straightforward. In most sexual health clinics you’ll be asked for a urine sample which is sent off for testing.
A simple course of antibiotics (4 tablets taken together) for both partners. If left untreated, it can occasionally lead to pelvic inflammatory disease in women and, very rarely, to infertility in men and women.
The best way to avoid becoming infected with chlamydia is to use a condom during vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Reduce the risk of a condom bursting by:
making sure it's properly unrolled
squeezing the air out of the 'teat' before putting it on
keeping your fingernails short and smooth
using lube suitable for use with condoms
never using oils, oil-based lubricants, or oily foodstuffs during sex
The risks from oral sex can be reduced if you:
always use a fresh condom
avoid oral sex if there are any signs of infection
avoid oral sex if the person giving it has any cuts or sores in their mouth