Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the UK.
It can be passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom) and is particularly common in sexually active teenagers and young adults.
If you are sexually active and under 25 in England, it is recommended that you have a Chlamydia test once a year and when you are having sex with a new or casual partner.
Most people who have Chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. Research suggests that 50% of men and 70-80% of women don't get symptoms at all with a Chlamydia infection. It is still important to get treated, even if you don't have symptoms.
If there are symptoms, they can include pain when you urinate, unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or rectum or, in women, bleeding between periods or after sex.
It is very quick and easy to get tested for Chlamydia. You can get a test from your GP or School Health Nurse. You can also go to your local Contraception and Sexual Health clinic. All these services are free and confidential.
Take action: Anyone in Oxfordshire who is over 18 can receive a free Chlamydia testing kit by post. Request your free Chlamydia testing kit online.
Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics.
If the infection isn't treated, it can sometimes spread to other parts of your body and lead to serious long-term health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility (not being able to have children).