You should go to your health provider for a test if you have symptoms of chlamydia, or if you have a partner who has a sexually transmitted disease.
Pregnant women should get a test when they go to their first prenatal visit.
Correct usage of latex condoms greatly reduces, but does not eliminate, the risk of catching or spreading chlamydia.
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This can lead to long-term pelvic pain, infertility, and ectopic pregnancy.
Women who have had chlamydia infections more than once are at higher risk of serious reproductive health complications.
Men can get chlamydia in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat.
You can get chlamydia during oral, vaginal, or anal sex with someone who has the infection.
Babies born to infected mothers can get eye infections and pneumonia from chlamydia.Symptoms in women include If the chlamydia infects the rectum (in men or women), it can cause rectal pain, discharge, and/or bleeding. Your health care provider may ask you to provide a urine sample.For women, providers sometimes use (or ask you to use) a cotton swab to get a sample from your vagina to test for chlamydia.Medline Plus also links to health information from non-government Web sites.See our disclaimer about external links and our quality guidelines.