Auckland Sexual Health Service
Public Service, Sexual Health
Chlamydia is a very common infection of the mucous membranes (linings) of the male urethra, female cervix and sometimes the eye, rectum or throat.
Chlamydia is transmitted by having vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected partner. A mother may pass the infection on to her baby at birth, causing the baby to develop eye or lung infections.
Men may have a discharge, experience painful urination, penile irritation or testicular pain. About 25% of men have no symptoms, but can still pass it on. In both men and women, the infection can remain for months or years if untreated.