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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