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What is it?

Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria and is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the UK.


How do I get it?

  • unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex (sex without a condom)
  • sharing sex toys that aren't washed or covered with a new condom each time they're used
  • your genitals coming into contact with your partner's genitals – this means you can get chlamydia from someone even if there is no penetration, orgasm or ejaculation
  • infected semen or vaginal fluid getting into your eye
  • it can also be passed by a pregnant woman to her baby 


How do I know if I have Chlamydia?

Most people with chlamydia don't notice any symptoms and don't know they have it.

If you do develop symptoms, you may experience:

  • pain when peeing
  • unusual discharge from the vagina, penis or rectum (back passage)
  • in women, pain in the tummy, bleeding after sex and bleeding between periods
  • in men, pain in the testicles


Where can I get tested?

  • Make an appointment with your GP or contact Grampian Sexual Health Services - call 0345 337 9900


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