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Chlamydia

What You Need
to Know

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is an infection you get in your cervix, penis, anus, or
throat. You may not have any symptoms, but later it can cause health
problems. The longer you have it, the more likely it is to cause health
problems.

The early symptoms of chlamydia can be mild. Most people have no
signs or symptoms.

You may have some of these symptoms:

  • A discharge from your penis or vagina that is not normal 
  • Pain or burning when you urinate
  • Pain when you have sex
  • If you are a woman, bleeding between periods or after sex
  • Abdominal pain; painful bowel movements; painful or swollen
    testicles

How did I get it?

People get chlamydia by having sex with someone who has it. Most
people who have chlamydia don't know they have it.

  • You can't tell by looking at someone if they have chlamydia.
  • The only way to know for sure is to be tested by a health care
    provider.

What should I do?

Get treated.
Your Family PACT provider will give you medicine that will cure it.

What else do I need to know?

Do what your Family PACT provider tells you to do:

  • Make sure anyone you have had sex with in the last 60 days gets
    treated. Ask your provider how your partner can get treated.
  • Do not have sex until you and your partner(s) are treated.
  • After treatment, wait 7 days to have sex.

Call your provider right away if you:

  • Vomit within 2 hours after you take the medicine
  • Get a body rash

Go back to your Family PACT provider in 3 months.

  • Your provider will ask you to come back for another test. This
    helps your provider know if you got chlamydia again.
  • Your provider may offer to test you for other infections that
    people get from having sex. You can have more than one
    infection at a time.
  • Having chlamydia increases your chance of getting HIV or
    giving it to your partner(s).

Why should I get treated?

If you don't get treated, you may:

  • Spread it to other people you have sex with.
  • Not be able to have children later on.

Women who don't get treated by have other problems. You may:

  • Get an infection in your tubes. This is called Pelvic Inflammoratory
    Disease (PID).
  • Have a pregnancy in your tubes.
  • Pass it on to your baby at birth if you are pregnant. It can harm
    your baby's eyes and lungs.
  •  
Taking the medicine helps prevent these health problems. Make
sure you and your partner get treated.

Protect yourself!

  • Tell your partner(s) to get treated for chlamydia. If your
    partner isn't treated, you can get it again. Your provider can
    give you advice about how to help your partner get treated.
  • Do not have sex until 7 days after you and your partner(s) are
    treated.
  • Go back for a test in 3 months to see if you have another infection.
  • Use a male or female condom when you have sex. It will
    protect you against chlamydia. Your Family PACT provider can
    help you get condoms.
  • Make good choices. When you get drunk or high, you may
    take chances. You might have sex without a condom.
  • Ask your provider about vaccines that help protect against
    Hepatitis B and HPV.

Resources

To learn more about chlamydia, call the CDC toll-free hotline at
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). For information about the
Family PACT program and providers near
you, call 1-800-942-1054 or visit www.familyPACT.org.

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