How to tell if it’s an emergency?
Throat chlamydia as a medical emergency – there is always the possibility that throat chlamydia may become a medical emergency. If you are having difficulty breathing or your throat or tongue begin to swell you should seek medical attention immediately or dial 999.
Unprotected sex can have some serious consequences – having unprotected sex dramatically increases the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The virus causes damage to your immune cells, the ones which fight infection and leaves your body weak and prone to infection. When the body has been caused extreme damage by HIV, it can lead to acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments available which can help patients to lead a normal, healthy life.
You may also be at risk of other STIs – you should go to your GP for a check-up if you have had unprotected sex. You may also have symptoms such as:
- Itching/burning in the genital area
Risk of pregnancy – if you have unprotected sex you are also at a greater risk of pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur despite the sexual position, time of the month or even if it is your first time. If you have had unprotected sex, you should consider emergency contraception:
- The emergency contraceptive pill – can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex or 120 hours depending on the type
- The intrauterine device (IUD) – can be inserted up to 5 days after unprotected sex
If you think you may be pregnant you should do a pregnancy test to make sure – pregnancy tests can be bought, or you can get a free one at a sexual health clinic or some GP surgeries.