Chlamydia is common in the Netherlands. Chlamydia is very contagious. You can get it in several places, such as in your vagina, anus, throat and in the urethra (for a man).
Most women have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, these usually include:
Not all men have clear symptoms. The symptoms that can arise are pain when passing urine and/or discharge from the urethra.
If you have chlamydia in the anus, you can have symptoms such as:
Chlamydia in the throat usually does not cause any symptoms.
When chlamydia in the vagina is not treated, it can lead to inflammation in the fallopian tubes or uterus. This may result in infertility in the long term.
When chlamydia in the urethra is not treated in a man, the inflammation can move to the epididymis.
To prevent problems in the long term, it is important that you regularly get tested for an STI such as chlamydia. Preferably once every three months.
Chlamydia is easy to treat with a course of antibiotics.