Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in Australia. Women aged between 15 and 19 years have the highest rates of diagnosis, while overall, infection in men and women aged between 15 and 29 years account for 82% of diagnoses for the whole population.

It is often undiagnosed but is easily treatable once detected by taking a short course of antibiotics.  If untreated it may lead to more serious complications, eg infertility, chronic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy.

Tests have become more accurate at detecting Chlamydia (but still not 100%) which may be the reason for higher rates of the infection compared to previous times. Most people (men & women) with Chlamydia do not have any symptoms and are unaware they have the infection. Some people complain of burning when passing urine, a discharge from the vagina or penis, or pain with intercourse.

We screen and treat this infection at the time of a pregnancy termination in order to prevent post-operative infection and prevent longer-term problems. We are also able to provide treatment for any sexual partners, in order to prevent re-infection.

• Chlamydia information