What is Chlamydia?
This really is the missionary position of STIs. Very common, easy to catch, easy to spread and easy to cure. Chlamydia is a bacteria that can cause infections in your cock, throat and arse.
Any sort of oral sex, fucking, fingering, fisting and sometimes just touching infected areas. Chlamydia is a bacteria and can be transferred through any physical contact with an infected site. It is possible to get Chlamydia more than once and in different parts of your body.
Most guys do not get any symptoms, but left long-term untreated can cause infertility and in some cases arthritis.
Other guys will feel like they are pissing razor blades, experience an itchy or irritated pee hole or have a drippy willy with white or grey discharge (especially in the mornings). It can also cause pain in your balls, arse or even when you cum.
Swabs to your throat, arse and a urine sample will be able to test for Chlamydia.
Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics, make sure you also get your partners treated and refrain from any sex for 1 week after taking the medication to prevent reinfection.
If you've got symptoms these should clear up within 1-2 weeks.
If you are HIV positive having Chlamydia can increase the amount of viral load in your semen meaning that it is easier to pass on HIV to someone else.
Where can I test?
If you are a resident of the boroughs of Greenwich or Medway, then you can order a home test kit to test for Chlamydia from this website. These are completely free and you'll get your result by text in five working days of the Lab receiving your samples.
Learn more about chlamydia
Watch this Gay Men's Health video on chlamydia. It covers its symptoms and gives advise on testing.