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How common is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is often thought of as more of a problem for straight people, but thousands of gay and bisexual men are treated for it in every year in the UK. Chlamydia is often the cause of non-specific urethritis (NSU).

What causes chlamydia?

Chlamydia is caused by bacteria. It normally affects the urethra, but can live in the arse, throat and eyes too.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

Many people don’t notice symptoms when they have chlamydia. But one week to three weeks  after getting infected you might notice:

  • a discharge from the cock or arse
  • pain when pissing
  • burning or itching in the urethra
  • pain in the arse or balls.

How is chlamydia passed on?

You can get chlamydia through unprotected:

  • fucking or being fucked
  • sucking or being sucked
  • rimming
  • fisting
  • getting cum in the eyes.

How is chlamydia prevented?

Using a condom greatly reduces the risk of you picking up chlamydia or passing it on.

No-one’s immune to chlamydia. If you’ve had it before, you can get it again.

How is chlamydia treated?

A sample of your piss is tested or a swab taken from your urethra.

Antibiotics can cure the infection, either with one tablet or a course lasting a week or two. Wait 7 days after your treatment has finished to have sex (with or without condom) as you can re-infect or pass it on.

What happens if chlamydia isn’t treated?

Untreated chlamydia can cause serious damage to the balls (known as epididymitis), arthritis or prostatitis (long-term inflammation inside the arse).

Last review: 31/08/2018
Next review: 31/08/2021