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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is common in the Netherlands. Chlamydia is very contagious. You can get it in several places, such as in your vagina, anus, throat and in the urethra (for a man).

 

Symptoms

Most women have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, these usually include:

  • blood loss during or after sex
  • abdominal pain
  • fever

Not all men have clear symptoms. The symptoms that can arise are pain when passing urine and/or discharge from the urethra.

 

If you have chlamydia in the anus, you can have symptoms such as:

  • Itching
  • Irritation
  • Slimy secretion
  • Urge to urinate

 

Chlamydia in the throat usually does not cause any symptoms.

 

Consequences

When chlamydia in the vagina is not treated, it can lead to inflammation in the fallopian tubes or uterus. This may result in infertility in the long term.
When chlamydia in the urethra is not treated in a man, the inflammation can move to the epididymis.

 

Testing

To prevent problems in the long term, it is important that you regularly get tested for an STI such as chlamydia. Preferably once every three months.

 

Treatment

Chlamydia is easy to treat with a course of antibiotics.

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