Your Health: You’re in Charge
Take charge of your health and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs or STDs). One of the most common STIs is chlamydia and most people don’t know they have it because it usually does not show symptoms. If you’re having vaginal, oral, or anal sex, get tested every year to make sure you’re safe (especially if you are under 25 years old).
Los Angeles County has the highest total number of chlamydia infections in the U.S. Don't wait to get tested.
- Chlamydia usually shows no symptoms, but when untreated can cause permanent damage. It can even leave you infertile if untreated.
- Chlamydia is very common in young women.
- Getting tested is easy and painless with a simple urine test.
- Chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics.
- Just call your doctor’s office and ask to be tested. Your results are confidential and won’t be shared with anyone without your permission.
- Make an appointment just to be screened or ask for a STI test during a scheduled visit. Your doctor can even mail you a lab order if you don’t have time for a visit. It’s simple!
- Search for a clinic where you can get tested: teensource.org/find-a-clinic
If you are sexually active and under 25 years old, get tested for chlamydia every year. If you’re over 25, ask your doctor when you should get tested.
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If you test positive for chlamydia, treatment is quick and simple. You may receive a one-time dose of antibiotics, or you may need to take the antibiotics for 5-10 days. In most cases, you will get better within one to two weeks.
- Use a condom every time you have sex (vaginal, oral, or anal).
- Limit your number of sex partners.
- Get tested at least once per year.
- Avoid douching.
Check out teensource.org or text HOOKUP to 877877 for tips on safe sex.