What it is
Chlamydia is caused by bacteria which can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) if left untreated. PID affects the pelvic region and can cause infertility in both men and women. You may have heard of chlamydia – it’s the most common STD among young guys and girls in Australia.
How you get it
Chlamydia is easily spread with or without symptoms. It is transmitted through unprotected sex (both vaginal and oral) with someone who is infected with the bacteria. They might not realise that they have it so it’s vital that you use a condom.
Most people don’t show any symptoms at all. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Only about one in five people show symptoms around five to ten days after infection. Look out for unusual vaginal discharge, flu-like symptoms, and pain in your lower abdomen. Go and get checked out by the doctor if you need to go to the toilet more often or if it’s painful to urinate. But the best way to tell if you have chlamydia is to get tested – it’s a simple urine test or cervix swab at your local doctor.
Chlamydia is easily treated, just see your doctor – he or she can prescribe you some antibiotics. But the best treatment is using a condom to prevent it occurring!