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Chlamydia

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Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the UK and is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Sexually active men and women aged under-25 are most at risk of becoming infected. However, as there are often no symptoms of Chlamydia, many people who catch it remain blissfully unaware of the fact they have been infected, so it remains undetected. If left untreated, Chlamydia can spread to other parts of the body and ultimately cause fertility problems for both sexes. Non-specific symptoms of genital chlamydia among women include cystitis, change in vaginal discharge and mild lower abdominal pain. Men normally experience a urethral discharge from the penis. The UK has a national Chlamydia screening programme, which is both free and confidential, so there’s no excuse for not getting yourself checked out. Of course, you can also help yourself, by practicing safe sex and getting tested for Chlamydia every year until you’re 24. You know it makes sense!

A free online Chlamydia postal test for people aged under-25 is available in most areas. Go to www.freetest.me. for more details.

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My boyfriend and I took our medication to clean up our system for chlamydia. We waited 6 days to have unprotected sex again. A few days later I stated getting the symptoms of chlamydia again . So a week after we had sex I took 4 azithromycin 250 mg tablets . But I feel like I took it to early and I still have it . Can I still have it ?





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questions. 1. If you have had chlamydia and been treated, can it just come back? 2. Is it possible to have chlamydia for 2 years and not know it? 3. How likely is it to have had unprotected sex nearly everyday for a year and a half and not give your partner chlamydia?





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Hi I've been having trouble with stomach pains for years and bleeding during intercourse. I've just found out ive tested positive for chlamydia. I'm in a 7 years relationship with my boyfriend.I had swabs done in 2012 which cam back negative so I confronted my boyfriend to ask if he had cheated on me. Eventually admitted to me he had ona boys holiday. After adding the time difference up It looks like I've has this infection for over 2 years. I'm being treated atm with antibiotics could this have an effect on my fertility. Any advice on how to move forward from his would be great. Do I forgive him or walk away.





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The last time I had unprotected sex was over two years ago, I recently got tested for chlamydia and the results came back positive. Ive gone untreated all this time, can this affect my being able to have kids one day? How long do I have to go untreated for it to affect me and make me infertile?





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Im In the same boat. But Me and my boyfriend been trying for 3 years and I just recently got tested positive. Now Im wondering will I ever concieve again.

Ive been tested positive for chlymidia but have only been with my bf, and he has only ever been with me, we were eachothers first, is ths possible?





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After having a chlamydia they say not to have sex for 7 days after getting treated. I got my period right after I took the pills, I use tampons so would I have to get treated again?





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Can you get rid of chlaymidia





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Is it safe to Masurbate when in the process of clearing for Chlamydia ?





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I found out i had chlamydia and took the antibiotics, i did not wait a week till i had sex again,it was 6 days. so i went back the next week for antibiotics within a few days, i have waited a week and a half now but do you think it will be effective and work or will my body not fight the infection because i had them 7 days before?





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Hi I was with a guy in the army for almost 2 years I didn't have sex with no one else I told him I had chlamydia , he told me he didn't have it and flipped out on me and I got confuse I didn't understand on how I got it. I've been going to the doctors for over a year getting checked if I have it . I keep getting discharge and im crying every day I don't understand what's going on one month they say I don't the next they say I do and j haven't had sex ... Someone please help me !!





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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. In the UK, the number of new diagnoses has been steadily increasing each year since the mid-1990s, and it has now become the most commonly diagnosed STI. Read More »

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