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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common STI in Yukon and passed through unprotected oral, anal, or vaginal sex. The bacteria can be found vaginal, semen, and rectal fluids. If left untreated chlamydia can have serious long-term effects. But, if properly treated, Chlamydia can be cured. If not, Chlamydia can cause sterility (the inability to ever have children).

It usually takes one to three weeks for symptoms of Chlamydia to appear. It is also possible to be infected with Chlamydia and not show any symptoms at all.  In fact the majority of infected individials have no symptoms.

Females, you may have Chlamydia if you have:

  • New or unusual discharge from your vagina
  • Burning feeling when peeing
  • Pain in your abdomen, sometimes with fever and chills
  • Pain during sex
  • Most females with Chlamydia don’t have any noticeable symptoms

Males, you may have Chlamydia if you have:

  • Watery or milky “drip” from your penis
  • Itchiness inside your penis
  • Burning feeling while peeing
  • Pain or swelling of the testicles
  • Most males with Chlamydia don’t have any noticeable symptoms

Remember, you can have Chlamydia and not even know it. That’s why it’s important to practice safer sex by wearing a condom. It is also very important that you and your partner are tested before having sex. Chlamydia, if properly treated, can be cured with antibiotics. You’ll need to follow all treatment instructions carefully and be sure to have a follow-up visit with your nurse or doctor to make sure all signs of the infection are gone.

If left untreated Chlamydia, can seriously affect your life:

Females, you could:

  • Develop chronic lower abdominal pain
  • Become sterile
  • Have a tubal pregnancy (pregnancy in the Fallopian tubes). This is a serious condition that can result in a rupture of the fallopian tube and cause serious internal bleeding

Males could become sterile if untreated or improperly treated. If you’ve become infected with Chlamydia, tell everyone you’ve had sex with so they can get tested and treated.