How do I avoid getting chlamydia?
If you or your partner(s) have been diagnosed with chlamydia, do not have sex until each person has been treated.
Wearing a condom and limiting your number of sexual partners will reduce your chances of getting Chlamydia2. Women should avoid douching because it can increase your risk of chlamydia2
What would happen if I don’t treat chlamydia?
Chlamydia can cause a lot of problems if it is not treated. In men, it can cause an infection to spread up the tube that carries sperm from the testicles3. This causes pain, fever and may result in infertility3.
In women, Chlamydia can cause Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This can cause abdominal pain, infertility and an ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus)3.
Do I need to tell my partner(s)?
If you’ve been diagnosed with chlamydia, you should tell anyone you’ve had a sexual encounter with in the past 60 days to get tested as they may need to be treated too4.