Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one kind of sexually transmitted disease that can be very serious. You can be tested when you get your annual well-woman checkup. Facts about Chlamydia:

  • Millions of people in the U.S. are infected with Chlamydia.
  • Chlamydia may have no symptoms.
  • If not treated, Chlamydia can leave you unable to have a child.
  • If you get pregnant and have Chlamydia, you can have serious complications
  • You can get Chlamydia during vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • You can get and give Chlamydia over and over again if you and your partner(s) are not treated.
  • You can give Chlamydia to your child during vaginal childbirth.
  • You are more likely to get Chlamydia if:
    • You have new or multiple sex partners
    • You have sex with someone who has other sex partners
    • You don’t use barrier contraceptives, such as condoms

Who should be tested for Chlamydia?

  • If you are under age 25 and are sexually active, you should have a test for Chlamydia each year.
  • Women 25 and older should also be tested for Chlamydia. See the information above about reasons why you may be more likely to get Chlamydia. Talk to your doctor about whether you should be tested for Chlamydia.

For more information about Chlamydia, visit Women’sHealth.gov Chlamydia fact sheet.