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Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.

Chlamydia can infect your urethra (the tube that leads from your bladder to where your urine comes out), vagina/cervix area, anus, or eyes.

It’s easy to cure. However, if you don’t get treated, it can lead to infertility.

How do you get chlamydia?

You can get chlamydia by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also be passed on from mother to child during childbirth.

How can you protect yourself from getting chlamydia?

1. Always use condoms.

2. Get tested when you have a new sex partner.

It’s possible for your partner to be infected with chlamydia and not know it. So when you have a new sex partner, it’s important for both of you to get tested.

What are the signs that you've got chlamydia?

Chlamydia is known as a ‘silent’ disease. This is because up to 80 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men who are infected have no symptoms.

If you do have signs of chlamydia infection, they’ll usually appear within one to three weeks after having unprotected sex. Whether you’ve got symptoms or not, once you’re infected you can still pass chlamydia on to someone else.

Chlamydia symptoms in women

You can get a chlamydia infection from unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

So where the symptoms show up depends on how you’ve had sex. For example, if you’ve had oral sex, your throat could be infected, and if you’ve had anal sex, you may have anal discharge.

In women, chlamydia symptoms include:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Yellow, mucous or pus-like vaginal discharge
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Increased urination
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Abnormal bleeding, for example between periods or after intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Yellow, mucous, or pus-like anal discharge

If you’ve had unsafe sex or are experiencing one of these symptoms, see your doctor or go to an STD clinic.

If you do nothing about your chlamydia infection, you can become infertile. Chlamydia can spread to your fallopian tubes and block them. If your fallopian tubes become blocked, your eggs can't travel to your womb, so it becomes difficult or impossible to become pregnant.

If you’re pregnant and infected with chlamydia, you're more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, when the baby develops outside of the womb. Also, you can pass on the infection to your baby during the birth.

Chlamydia symptoms in men

Roughly half of all men infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Where the symptoms show up if you do get them depends on how you’ve had sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), and anus. It can spread to your testicles too.

Roughly half of all men infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Where the symptoms show up if you do get them depends on how you’ve had sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), and anus. It can spread to your testicles too.

In men, chlamydia symptoms include:

  • White/cloudy or watery penis discharge
  • Burning and itching sensation around the opening of the penis
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Pain or swelling in the testicles
  • Yellowish or pus-like anal discharge

How to get tested for chlamydia?

In women, a swab is inserted into the vagina and a sample is taken from the cervix (the neck of the womb, at the end of the vagina). The sample is then tested for Chlamydia.

In men, chlamydia can be tested for in two ways. You can give a urine sample to be tested for the STD. If you have discharge from your penis, a swab may be taken from your urethra (the hole where you urinate from) and tested for chlamydia.

How can you get rid of chlamydia?

Chlamydia is easy to cure with a course of antibiotics – single dose of azithromycin or a week's course of doxycycline (twice daily).

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I'm in a relationship for about 7yrs an we were like the best couples ever but we past many difficult things an I surfa a lot about him..all of my familys abandon me because of him but life was going on till my family appreciate him back then he travel to Europe ehen he when to Europe after 4 months life is totally change on his inside I always try to please him but nothing works, an he is the only man I want to be what do I do
Hi Chatt, It sounds as though you are having a problem with long distance relationship. Long-distance relationships mean that the two of you aren’t living together because you have to be in different places. This means you can’t see each other so often. If you live in Nairobi and your partner lives in Kisumu, for example, you're in a long-distance relationship. Relationships can go long distance for many reasons. It could be because your partner has found a new job in a different city or country or because you've started studying at a university far from home. Today, long-distance relationships are becoming more common because of modern forms of communication. Emails, chats, video chats and social media make it much easier for people to stay in touch. You can even have cybersex with your partner to keep the spark alive while you're apart. Before you go long-distance, it might be a good idea to think about how your relationship will change. For one thing, there’ll be long stretches with no kissing or holding hands or sex. You won't get to see and talk to each other in person for long periods of time. If you can, try it for a while and see how it works out before you make a serious commitment.
Fri, 11/18/2016 - 03:36 pm
Help a soul. I was in a serious relationship with my ex girlfriend and we have a child out of wedlock, we separated because she stole and lied against me. Now she's seriously pleading, disturbing and telling my friends and family to forgive and apologize to me and accept her back and knowing fully well that I'm already dating and my marriage ceremony is on January, I was raised by my step mum and it wasn't easy @all so I don't want my son to suffer same way but I hate her cuz of what she did to me and I'm already in a relationship. I'm confused. Need urgent advice please
Elemax, it sounds as though your min is already made up. If you have decided to move on and get married then you should continue as you want. If your current relationship is working well, why would you want to change it?
hello,I have been in a relationship for four years then he went abroad to further his studies.for the first 3months we communicated well then communication became poor .we had an argument which we solved and I thought it was alright,but when I texted him he wasn't interested in replying,would reply short boring msgs.I was fed up and decided to go on with my life.after 2months he called telling me that let's be good friends and he will never forget me.what does that mean?
Sun, 12/18/2016 - 07:20 am
I am in a relationship with an Indian man. I love him and he loves me so much. I stay at home with relatives and he works in about 120 miles away. I have never cheated on him and neither have I ever thought of cheating on him. He asked me for my relative's phone numbers and I gave them to him and once in a while he would call them sometime and talk to them. There is this one problem he has for always thinking that I cheat on him. We talk more than 5times a day and I tell him my what I want to do. But when he calls and I miss his phone call, he will call me and abuses me using heavy words and I can't say here. I love him so much and he is the only one in my life. But I do not want to be treated like this anymore Love matters, what should I do? Reply
Hi Brenda, That is a very difficult position to be in. The issue is that he has trust issues and unfortunately you cannot do anything to change that for him, he can only work on that himself. No one deserves to be in a relationship that is abusive and they are no happy in. Take time to think and decide if you still want to be in the relationship. Its a decision only you can make regardless of how difficult it sounds. Get more insight from this article .
I have been dating a girl who ever asking fo my financial suport yet am nt able to provide bcause am still studying n jobless, this really discourages me to continue with this relationship, yet we love each other so much, what should i do?
Sun, 12/25/2016 - 01:18 am
Am in a relationship since 2012,I loved a a girl while in school till now but last month she aborted my child simply bcoz she asked me for money to abort but i refused to send bcoz it didnt want that to happen,she told me later she removed it ,there by she insult me saying ,"I have many friends who can help me now av aborted stay your own life" Now is asking for forgiveness what should I do to her,I really loved her but what she told me astonished my heart to an extend my health. I need help........?
Hi, Sorry for going through that. It sounds like you need time to think about it so that you are able to decide what you want. Weight the pro and cons of every decision and decide what you feel is best for you.
Thanx I need help I av been in love for 3yrs now but this guy I love so much at fort was my best friend but late we felt in love we seemed normal but I am suffering becoz he is one guy hu is a perfectionist and doesn't tolerate mistakes. He does
Thu, 12/29/2016 - 01:01 am
Am married for 4yrs now. My hubbie is a drunkard n always cheating on me.why I day I found naked pictures of another woman on his phone n when I ask he denied it.n every weekend he sleeps out n come home inthe morning,since we got married hehas cheated on me more than the family is fighting me coz my hubbies thinks that I said something about their he team up with them.what can I do about it.
Hi Broos, sorry that you going through that. Just to be clear, are you asking help about the cheating or the family fights? Meanwhile check out this article to learn more on cheating .
Mon, 01/02/2017 - 04:34 pm
Hi iam 17years old, I have a boy friend who is joining university soon and all of us want to become doctors but the problem is he has never told me that he loves me and each and every time I ask he, he says just know I'm not avoiding you!_what should I do???
Hi Hannah, It difficult for some people to express their emotions. You know your partner well and you know the kind of person he is. All you can do is to keep talking. If he is loving in his actions that is good enough even though the assurance of hearing he words is good. Check out this article to learn more .
I ave been in a relationship for good 4 yrs now. We also love each other very much. But the problem and is my girlfriend and I sometimes fail to understand each other which inturn leads to serious argument. I feel she's the best I can ever stay without a for the rest of my life. She doesn't cheat on me nor do I cheat on her. Plse I need your advice.
kevo wa busia
Thu, 01/26/2017 - 11:48 am
hi,am 21yrs old and have been in a relationship for 3 1/2 years.i have a 3yrs old daughter who has jst started nursery school..... my wife left for her home during chrismass holiday failing to come back claiming dat she found a job..... could it be a reason that i dont hav a job for doing ths.....
Alice wacheke
Thu, 02/02/2017 - 05:03 am
I have a boyfriend we have been together for five months now but I feel like he is not really into the relationship....he says he's different and romance is not his thing...he rarely communicates where he is,he rarely texts or calls am always the one initiating conversations he says he loves me but keeps telling me I deserve better and he thinks I love him more than he loves me...I really love the guy and I want to save this relationship...please help me..
Hi Alice, this maybe difficult to hear but you cannot force someone to be in a relationship with you if they are not willing or do not love you. it sounds like your boyfriend is not interested in the relationship. As much as you love him it might be time for you to actually start considering what he's trying to tell you. Take time and think about that then make a decision.
Hello, I have been in a relationship with my girl friend for now 5years. I love her sooooo much but she atmost times behaves so secretive hence doing most of her issues behind my back. I really feel she doesn't trust me. I need some help please.
Hi LJ, 5 years is a long time. It means you know your partner well enough. Long-term relationships sometimes phase out because both partners have outgrown each other – people change over time, and perhaps you've both been moving in different directions. You might realise that the two of you have different ideas about life and what you want from the relationship. This could be because you haven't really talked to each other for a long time. Working on your communication could help bring you back together.
HI , I HAVE BEEN with my boy friend for 4 years now but in our fourth year i noticed change in behavior and tried talking about it but he was just over reacting, then six months later found him cheating with a girl in his house, i picked my things and left him , he came back begging then i i had to forgive him after 4 months of us being apart . but this year its like hi doing the same thing he doesnt even communicate with me even though i go to his house we jst end up quarreling am actually hurting coz i think his having an afair pliz advise me
Finding out that your partner’s been cheating on you can be a traumatic experience. It can seriously damange the trust between the two of you and could even lead to a break-up, separation or divorce. You might spend days, weeks or months wondering what you did wrong and why this happened. But don't blame yourself - take some time to calm down and think about your relationship. Whether you want to stay with your partner depends on a number of things. Is your partner willing to go on? If they are, what will it take for them to regain your trust? Will your trust in them ever be restored? How can you start rebuilding your relationship? The answers may not be simple, but give these questions some thought and it might help you decide on the right path to take.
Sat, 02/18/2017 - 01:20 am
I have been in relationship with ma girl for more than 4 years bt she just got maried without saying bye to me or sent any mesage to me she just lost i wondert if there will be other girl that wont play the same game to me
Hi There, Sorry that that happened to you. There is always someone for everyone. You just need to give yourself time to heal an move on so that you can be able to take up another relationship. Read more here .
Sat, 03/04/2017 - 05:20 am
I am in a rlnship for the last 3 yrs and we got a kid 1 yr old now.he works in a place far from where I partner loves his kid so much calling her most th a times he doesn't communicate with us for a week. I feel insecure coz we don't meet until th end of the semester he haven't introduce me to his family bt he has introduced me to his friends... sometimes we quarrel over some argument bt resume to our normal rlnship after some time abt 3 days...I love him so much bt he doesn't mention a word "I love you"to me bt when I ask him he says he do....sometimes I feel he got an affair with someone else when he doesn't communicate for a week... please help how do I know he doesn't cheat on me?
Tue, 03/07/2017 - 05:14 pm
av been in a r/ship with a guy whom i loved so much for 3 1/2 years now but he came the other day n told mi dat his plans were to move further,become stable n since we r of the same age by the time he will plan 2 marry me he feels dat he will have put mi for long..what can i do??am really confused
Hi Redempter, This might be difficult to hear but it sounds as though your boyfriend is breaking up with you. He feels that he's not ready for marriage right now and by the time he will be you will not be in the right age for him. Break ups are never easy for anyone. Three years is a long time to invest in a relationship. Take time and reflect on it . it will not be easy but you can be able to move on past this. Find out more here .
Sat, 03/11/2017 - 03:55 pm
Iam 22 years in love with a guy for 1year but he tries to pretend that he loves me but doesnt give me money unless i visit him , am i on the right track?
Hi Anisha, It sounds as though you and your partner have not talked about your expectations of each other. It would be important to take that step so that you are both clear on what to expect from each other.
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