What is it?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that affects the genitals and sometimes the eyes. Rarely it can affect the joints. It is passed on through unprotected anal and oral sex (both giving and receiving) and rimming.
How can I prevent it?
Using condoms and plenty of water based lubricant will greatly reduce the risk of getting chlamydia from anal and oral sex.
How do I know if I have chlamydia?
Many people don’t notice symptoms. But at least 3-5 days after getting infected you might notice:
• Pain when urinating and a discharge from your penis
• Pain in the rectum and a discharge
• Pain and swelling of your testicles
Is there treatment?
Yes – it is cured with antibiotics.
Untreated chlamydia can result in infection of the testicles and rarely arthritis. Having chlamydia can increase your risk of catching HIV.