Chlamydia

Getting It 

It’s passed on through most forms of sex – that can be fingering, fisting, fucking, oral, or pretty much anything where you’re dick, arse, mouth or eyes come into contact with someone else who has it (that can include your own fingers if you then touch your cock or arse).

Symptoms

It usually takes between a few days and 2 weeks after infection for the symptoms to show themselves, but can take as long as 21 days.  It’s very common not to have any symptoms, especially if it is in your arse or throat. If you do get symptoms, these can include:

  • A discharge – usually watery, creamy or grey (especially if it’s from your cock)
  • Itching or irritation around your piss hole (urethra)
  • Pain in your testicles or arse
  • Pain in your piss hole when you take a leak

Having chlamydia can make it more likely for you as a neg guy not on PrEP to contract HIV because it causes inflammation of the infected area – basically it’s like having an open sore that cum can get into.

Left untreated, chlamydia can cause real damage to the body.

Treating It

Chlamydia is easy to treat; if you have symptoms, the nurse or doctor will usually make you piss in a cup for testing but probably start you on antibiotics straight away.

A short course of medication and you’ll be fine, but don’t hook up with anyone till you get the all clear to avoid passing it on (no one wants to be that guy).

Let your fuck buddies know quickly that they should get tested. You can do this confidentiality using this anonymous tool: http://www.thedramadownunder.info/notify/

Avoiding It

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in Australia; it’s easy to get and too easy to pass on. Condoms will do a lot to prevent transmission, but do not 100% protect you against it in the real world because they don’t necessarily cover the entire affected area.

Think about:

  • Getting tested regularly – at least every three months
  • If you think you have it, don’t hook up and risk passing it on until you’ve sorted it out
  • Let your fuck buddies know so they can get tested and treated
  • You can use condoms and gloves for every sexual act…

More of It

For more information on gonorrhoea and other STIs, check out: http://www.thedramadownunder.info

ACON’s Ending HIV can help you find your nearest clinic for STI & HIV testing here.