GMFA: Chlamy­dia

Rates of chlamy­dia have con­tin­u­ally in­creased over the last ten years. In 2016, chlamy­dia was the sec­ond most com­mon STI di­ag­nosed in gay men, mak­ing up more than a quar­ter of all new cases. So what do you need to you know?

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1. What is it? Chlamy­dia is a bac­te­rial in­fec­tion which can af­fect your pe­nis, arse, throat or eyes. It of­ten shows no symp­toms but can cause pain and a dis­charge in the in­fected area. If un­treated it can spread to the tes­ti­cles, caus­ing them to be­come painful and swollen, which can go on af­fect fer­til­ity. It can also cause in­flam­ma­tion of your joints, eyes and ure­thra – which is the fancy word for the tube you piss/cum through.

2. How is it passed on? Chlamy­dia is most com­monly passed on by fuck­ing or get­ting fucked with­out a con­dom, but it can also be passed through oral sex or rim­ming.

3. How do I pre­vent it? Us­ing con­doms will pre­vent many cases of chlamy­dia. If you wanted to re­duce the risks fur­ther, you’d have to use con­doms for oral sex. There’s still a risk even if he doesn’t cum in your mouth.

4. How do I know I’ve got it? The most com­mon symp­toms in­clude pain when piss­ing, pain in the tes­ti­cles and a yel­low/ white dis­charge from the tip of the pe­nis. If the rec­tum (your arse) is in­fected it can cause pain and a dis­charge. Symp­toms of a throat in­fec­tion are un­com­mon. Al­most half of men with chlamy­dia don’t ex­pe­ri­ence any symp­toms at all, but are still in­fec­tious, so they can pass it on to other sex­ual part­ners with­out know­ing it. A sex­ual health clinic can test you for chlamy­dia and this should form part of rou­tine sex­ual health check-ups. They do this by tak­ing a urine sam­ple or swab from your pe­nis, and swabs from your arse and throat.

5. How do I get it treated? Chlamy­dia is usu­ally treat­able with a short course of an­tibi­otics. If you have chlamy­dia you should in­form your re­cent sex­ual part­ners. It’s im­por­tant that you tell any reg­u­lar part­ner so that they can get tested and treated too. You then need to avoid sex un­til the treat­ment has taken ef­fect (usu­ally a week) as it’s com­mon for peo­ple to pass it back and forth to each other. If this hap­pens, you’ll need treat­ment again.

6. How of­ten should I get tested? You should get tested if you or any part­ners have symp­toms or some­one tells you that they have an STI. It’s rec­om­mended that all sex­u­ally ac­tive gay men get tested for HIV and STIs at least once a year, or ev­ery three months if you’re hav­ing con­dom-less sex.

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