Chlamydia

Chlamydia2017-06-19T19:57:17+00:00

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WHAT IS IT?

Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb). Untreated chlamydia may also increase your chances of getting or giving HIV.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Females

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Rectal pain, discharge, and/or bleeding

Males

  • Discharge from their penis
  • Burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain and swelling in one or both testicles

HOW CAN I PREVENT CONTRACTING THIS DISEASE?

  • There is no vaccine for Chlamydia
  • Chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment
  • Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia (Condom Fact Sheet)
  • Abstain from vaginal, anal, and oral sex
  • If you are sexually active getting tested for chlamydia or other STDs
  • Long term monogamous relationship with a partner whom status you know to be negative