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Chlamydia is one of the most widespread sexually transmitted infections treated at the sexual health clinic in London and it can be very serious if it isn’t treated promptly. You might not realise that you have Chlamydia until you are tested, so it is a good idea to undergo regular STI testing even if you feel healthy.
Chlamydia doesn’t always cause symptoms, but some people experience a burning sensation while urinating. You might also notice an unusual discharge from your penis or vagina. In men, Chlamydia can also cause testicular pain or swelling, while in women it can result in abdominal pain or bleeding after sex or between periods. If you experience symptoms like this or if you have had unprotected sex, you should visit the sexual health clinic in London for testing. Chlamydia can easily be diagnosed from a urine test or a swab of any discharge, which can also be used to check for other STIs or to rule out other causes of your symptoms, such as a urinary tract infection.
It is important to start treatment as soon as possible if the test confirms that you do have Chlamydia or another STI. Chlamydia can usually be treated with a simple course of antibiotics. You might be given several tablets to take in one day or a short course of antibiotics to take over the next week. There is a risk of serious complications if you don’t get the treatment you need for Chlamydia. The infection could develop into pelvic inflammatory disease, cause inflammation of the testicles, or even result in infertility. You should abstain from sex until your treatment is completed and consider using a condom in the future to avoid getting infected again. You can get advice on contraception from the sexual health clinic in London if you need it.