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Chlamydia Screening

CHLAMYDIA - The Silent Infection

All you need to know…

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the UK’s most common curable sexually transmitted infection. It is caused by bacteria and is easily passed on through unprotected anal or vaginal sex with an infected person. It can also be transmitted on fingers from one person to another and from a mother to her baby during birth.

Chlamydia is often called The Silent Infection because there are very few signs or symptoms. 70% of women and half of all men with chlamydia have no signs or symptoms.

If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and infertility in women. In men it can lead to a painful infection in the testicles and reduced fertility.

Chlamydia can cause complications during pregnancy and childbirth if left untreated.

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Bedfordshire Chlamydia Screening Service can be contacted at chlamydia.screening@bedfordshire.nhs.uk


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