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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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I have been to the doctor about thrush, and to ask about the implant, they wanted a chlymidya test, now I'm really scared in case I have it, me and a my boyfriend both lost our virginitys to each other and we have sometimes unprotected sex but have recently started using the condom every time we have sex.. But I thought your partner has to have chlymidya to get it , I need to take a swab text but I'm worried in case it'll come back positive as I'm only a teen :(





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Hi I had chlamydia 2 years ago and I stopped having sex and I went to the doctors on Tuesday and it came back that I got it again but I am confused because I haven't had no sex or any type of contact with anybody.





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I had the same thang im freaking out !!

I slept with someone a just over a month ago(unprotected) I had a test for chlamydia done a week ago. Came back negative.. But now experiencing sore, itchy feelings down below. Also a creamy yellowy discharge. Have I been tested too early? Could I have it? Or something else?





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Sounds like thrush hun :-)

I braved it to go to the doctors and he said it was too. Thank you. :)

Can I still get pregnant, if I have had chlamydia for over five years untreated? I have just found out I have it and only had two sexual partners. But I feel I maybe have had it for over five years. I'm worried that I won't ever get pregnant





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I am worried to that I wont ever get pregnant. i was recently diagnosed last week in march and have been treated for it. I have only had 2 an been with my boyfriend atm for almost 3 years. I have a feeling ive had it for over 5 years

My girlfriend has had chlamydia for months is it possible if I e caught it for us to show symptoms at the same time?





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I have did a chylamidia test it was negative however I keep getting really bad pains in my lower stomach like described above and I have had three cysts in the same area why do they keep coming back? I have had antibiotics and might be getting surgery I just feel like the are never going to go away so worried don't know what's happening to my body something doesn't feel right help.





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I had a partner in march 2013 we had unprotected sex once but i never bother to check after 5 months i started going out with someone else 1yr5months into de relationship i did a std test and found out i have clhamydia and so i guess my current partner aswell as i was his first one . Because i didnt treat chlamydia straight away am i less likely to get preagnant in the future





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I have a test result as a possitive of chamydia last week and my partner that I have been with for two an half years (same partner) I never been with any body else. Also I just gave birth to my son now he is six months old I dont understand how did I get chamydia as my partner have a negative result? Now he think i am a cheater our relationship is in the bad way please help I need an answer .also can I carried chymedia for more than two years with out knowing it?





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I was treated for chylamdia and took 4 tablets however I still am experiencing some symptoms of clear discharge.. What should I do





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I got pregnant in April around the 20-27. First day of my last period was either April 6th or 10th. The guy I am with right now during that time around the 10th of April we had an fallout. I had sex around april10 with another guy.(yes on my period)I know nasty ..sorry . The guy I'm with right now(the one I had a fallout with) we ended up back together couple days after...we Had sex everyday from there on... I concieved around april20-27 then found out due to being pregnant I have chlamydia found out May7th i was only about 1month but he didn't have it My question is ..the guy I'm with is he the one that got me pregnant? I didn't even know I had it and it had to be from the guy I cheated on him with but I don't believe he's the dad but I believe he gave me chlamydia. The guy I'm with never ended up catching it from me even after having sex bareback





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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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