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Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can infect the mucous lining of the penis, anus, or vagina.

Symptoms may appear between seven and twenty-one days after infection, but can be mild or in some cases absent. Symptoms can include a discharge from the penis or vagina, pain when urinating or pain during sex. If not treated, chlamydia may decrease fertility.

Chlamydia is easily transmitted by condomless anal sex, vaginal sex, oral sex, mutual masturbation and anal foreplay such as rimming or fingering. Touching an infected area and then touching your own penis or anus can pass on the infection.

Using a condom when engaging in sex will reduce your risk of getting chlamydia.

Chlamydia can be detected by a swab collected from the anus or by a urine sample. It is preferable not to pee for an hour before giving the sample. Chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics.

If you're living with HIV: If diagnosed early, chlamydia is easily treatable. If left untreated, it can also increase the risk of HIV being passed on.

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