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Transmission, symptoms and screening for chlamydia

How is chlamydia transmitted?

Chlamydia can be contracted by having unprotected sex (vaginal, oral or anal) with an infected person. You can pass it on to your partner even without even knowing you are infected.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

Most infected people do not show symptoms. Other people, however, develop symptoms 2 to 6 weeks after coming into contact with the bacterium.

In women, symptoms can include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • A change or increase in vaginal discharge (especially between periods)
  • Pain or bleeding at the time of penetration
  • Fever
  • More frequent need to urinate

In men, they may include:

  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Itching in the area of the rectum
  • Testicular pain or swelling
  • A clear or milky discharge from the penis

How to get tested?

Nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) in most cases:

  • Urine sample
  • Swabbing in the throat, urethra, cervix or rectum with a cotton swab

Did you know?
The number of reported cases of chlamydia is steadily increasing, particularly among young people aged 15 to 24, especially men.

Pour en savoir plus
Si vous avez des questions ou désirez obtenir plus d’information, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec le service à la clientèle de Biron au 1 800 463-7674.