What is chlamydia
Chlamydia is a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).
You can get chlamydia through unprotected sex with an infected partner.
Chlamydia is a bacteria that can cause an infection in the urethra, cervix, rectum or throat.
1-3 weeks after possible infection, you might get symptoms. Some don’t get any symptoms at all.
It takes up to 3 weeks form possible infection until you can test for chlamydia with absolute certainty.
Chlamydia is a very Common STI, approximately 5% of people between 18-22 are infected.
What are the symptoms
More than Half of those infected with Chlamydia don’t have any symptoms
Symptoms may include
Stinging when peeing
Pain and irritation from throat, urethra, cervix and/or rectum
Bleeding in association with intercourse
I rare cases the chlamydia infection can cause pain and swelling of the joint
Complications to chlamydia infection
In approximately 3% of chlamydia cases, the infection causes a Pelvic Inflammatory disease (PID) or an infection in one of the tubes attached to the testicles.
This may, in very few cases, lead to infertility.
How is chlamydia diagnosed?
It May take up to 3 weeks from the time you might have been infected with chlamydia till the infection for certain can be detected in a test.
Chlamydia testing is done by a swap-test to the throat, urethra, cervix and/or rectum
Results will be ready within 5 working days
What is the treatment?
Chlamydia is treatment with antibiotic.
If you are tested positive, please contact the clinic for treatment
The treatment takes a week, but you should not have sex until 2 weeks after the treatment have started – not even with a condom.
Possible side effects
In some cases, you may get a “heavy” feeling in the stomach, and in some cases diarrhea.
In very rare cases you can get an allergic reaction, like a rash or hives.
Your partner(s) should get tested.
It is very important that the people you have had sex with within the last 6 months get tested for chlamydia, even though thy might not have any symptoms.
An untreated chlamydia infection in a pregnant woman can be transmitted to the child during birth. This may cause an infection in the urethra or eye of the child.
See the opening hours of the clinic at www.bispebjerghospital.dk