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Chlamydia

What?

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!
When and if you're ready:

You really must say you're a virgin the first time you have sex.

Go really slowly and gently, don't have overly high expectations - Meantime, enjoy your virginity and maybe explore

 

 

 

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