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For Teens: What You Should Know About Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a disease. It is spread through sex. It is common among young adults. It is easy to treat. But you need the right medicine. You must get treated by a doctor or clinic.

Chlamydia May Have No Signs

  • Most people have no signs early on. They don’t even know they have this disease. They may find out later when they are unable to have children.

  • Some people do have signs. Signs may be discharge from the penis or vagina. There may be burning during urination or pain in the sex organs.

  • For women, chlamydia can lead to bleeding between periods. It can spread infection and cause pain. It can also make a woman unable to have children.

  • For men, chlamydia can make the tip of the penis burn. It can make the testicles swell.

  • Babies born to women with this disease can also get sick. The baby’s lungs and eyes can be damaged.

Protect Yourself from Chlamydia

The safest way is to not have sex. If you have sex, be sure your partner doesn’t have chlamydia. The best way to be sure is to get tested. If you’re not sure whether you or your partner has this disease, use a condom. Stay sober. Getting high on alcohol or drugs can make you lose control. Then you may be more likely to have sex without using a condom.

Use Condoms Right

Using a condom right will prevent the spread of chlamydia. If you use a lubricant, make sure it’s water-based. Astroglide and K–Y jelly are water-based. Don’t use Vaseline, oil, or hand cream. They can make the condom break.

Always Use a Condom

  • Always use a new condom. Use one each time you have vaginal, oral, or anal sex.

  • Latex male condoms and female condoms are both okay.

  • Keep condoms on hand. Store them in a cool place. Don’t keep them in your wallet or in your car.


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