Chlamydia is now the most common sexually transmitted disease in the UK and is particularly dangerous because many people do not even know they have it, with around 50% of men and 70% of women displaying no symptoms of the infection.
Many of the symptoms of Chlamydia are non-specific, but can include: cystitis; vaginal discharge or abdominal pain in women; and urethral discharge from the penis or swollen testes in men.
If Chlamydia is not treated it can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) in women, which can lead to infertility, and in some cases Epididymitis in males, which can also cause infertility.
Because Chlamydia often has no or non-specific symptoms it is advisable to have an STD test if you feel that you are at risk of the infection. This can be done at your local GP clinic, but the results can often take up to 2 weeks and be put on your medical records. However, there are many private STD testing clinics in the UK that are 100% anonymous and confidential, with results given within 2 days.
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