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This is a bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is the most common STI and young people are, for unknown reasons, especially at risk.

What are the symptoms?

This is a difficult one. Often symptoms don't show at all and this is why it can be potentially very damaging. It is usually only found by specific screening at a sexual health (GUM) clinic. If there are any symptoms they will be a vaginal discharge, pain in the pelvic area during sex or, as with men, pain when urinating.

Is there treatment available and what is it?

Yes - through antibiotics

Are there long term effects?

Not if it is caught early enough. However it can cause infertility if not caught in time - and, if passed on from a mother to her baby, the effects can be terrible.

Question MarkQuick Tips!
Won't talk?

If your boyfriend or girlfriend falls silent, something's up.

Explain that you want to be 'let in' - then it can be good to give them space, tell them to call and let them come back to you




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