Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common, but curable, STI that can cause infection among both men and women. It can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system.

Most people who have chlamydia don’t have symptoms, so they can spread the infection without knowing it.

Risks
  • spreads through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) without a condom with a partner who has the infection
  • young people are at a higher risk of getting chlamydia due to behaviors and biological factors common among them
  • gay and bisexual men are also at risk since chlamydia can spread through oral and anal sex
Symptoms
  • Most people who have chlamydia don’t have symptoms, so they can spread the infection without knowing it
  • discharge from the vagina, penis, or anus
  • burning sensation when peeing
  • rectal pain and/or bleeding
  • for women, pain in the lower belly
  • for men, pain and/or swelling in testicles
Testing
  • detected by a lab test
  • urine sample or swab for vaginal sample
Treatment
  • treated and cured with antibiotics
  • repeat infection is possible and common
  • left untreated, it can cause permanent damage in women, making it difficult or impossible to get pregnant later
Source and more info: CDC – Chlamydia
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