Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK. It's passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom).
If you develop symtoms of chlamydia, you may experience:
Pain when urinating, unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum (back passage).
In women, pain in the tummy, bleeding during or after sex, and bleeding between periods.
In men, pain and swelling in the testicles.
Chlamydia can usually be treated easily with antibiotics. You may be given some tablets to take all on one day (Azithromycin), or a longer course of capsules to take for a week (Doxycycline). If chlamydia is treated early, it’s unlikely to cause any long-term problems. However, without proper treatment the infection can spread to other parts of the body. The more times you have chlamydia the more likely you are to get complications.
You shouldn't have sex until you and your current sexual partner have finished your treatment. If you had the one-day course of treatment, you should avoid having sex for a week afterwards. It's important that your current sexual partner and any other sexual partners you've had during the last six months are also tested and treated to help stop the spread of the infection.
You can purchase treatment and testing through our online doctor service.