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What is Chlamydia?

  • Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is easily spread through sexual contact. 
  • It affects both women and men and most people don’t know that they have it.
  • It can affect heterosexual or same sex partners (men who have sex with men or women who have sex with women).
  • It is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Australia. 
  • It can be spread through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth or anus of an infected person and also by sex toys. 
  • Male orgasm (cum) does not have to occur for chlamydia to be transmitted or acquired.
  • If it is not treated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease in women and lead to infertility or increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy. Men can have the complication of epididymitis, which is where the small tubes in the testes (balls) where sperm is stored become inflamed. In rare cases, this may lead to infertility.

Chlamydia is a common bacterial infection that is easily spread through sexual contact.

  • It is important to remember that anyone who has been treated for chlamydia can be reinfected if their partner has chlamydia. 
  • Condoms are effective in preventing the spread of chlamydia.
  • We can easily test for chlamydia by a simple urine test.

By completing a quick set of questions on this website, you will know if you should have a free test for chlamydia.