Sexually-active men and women are urged to take a Chlamydia test on a regular basis. Studies and research show that among all the sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs documented in the United Kingdom annually, approximately a third of them are Chlamydia. In the United States, over a million new Chlamydia reports are noted each year, resulting in it being the most common bacterial infection in the nation.

Despite all the effort invested in managing and controlling the increase in the number of Chlamydia cases year in and year out, there are still more than two million people that are not diagnosed timely.

So how does one get Chlamydia?

Chlamydia can be contracted in a number of ways. Pregnant females who are infected with the disease can transmit to her newborn baby. An infected man or woman can pass it on to another person through unprotected sex, whether it is anal, oral or vaginal. 

What are the common symptoms of Chlamydia that people should be wary of?

In females:

- burning sensation when urinating

- lumpy discharge from the vagina- fever

- bleeding between periods

- painful sexual intercourse

- lower abdominal and back pains

In males:

- burning sensation when urinating

- swelling of the testicles

Everyone is advised to undergo Chlamydia testing once they suspect that they might have contracted Chlamydia or the symptoms manifest.