Chlamydia

ChlamydiaWhat is it?

  • Common bacterial STD
  • Most commonly reported bacterial STD in the US
  • Most common among young adults
  • Can affect both men and women
  • An estimated 1 in 15 sexually active females between the ages of 14-19 has it
  • Having any STD, such as Chlamydia, increases your chances of getting HIV​

How do you get it?

  • Transmitted through anal, vaginal, and oral sex with an already infected person
  • Symptoms may or may not occur for several weeks after infection, however, most people show no symptoms at all
  • With or without symptoms, Chlamydia can be transmitted to another person
  • If you have been infected with Chlamydia and are treated you can still become re-infected at a later time
  • The ONLY way to know if you have Chlamydia is if you get tested

Symptoms in Men

  • Burning and painful urination
  • White, yellow, or green discharge from the penis
  • Inflamed, painful, or swollen testicles
  • If left untreated can cause irritation to urinary tract, infection of the tubes and testicles, infertility, and arthritis

Symptoms in Women

  • Burning and painful urination
  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Abdominal pain
  • If left untreated can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and dangerous tubal pregnancy

Treatment & Prevention

  • Easily treated with a dose of prescribed antibiotics
  • Reducing your number of sex partners can help to reduce your risk
  • The only 100% effective way to prevent Chlamydia is abstaining from anal, vaginal and oral sex
  • Practicing safer sex can reduce your risk
    • Use male or female condoms for anal and vaginal sex
    • Use dental dams and male condoms for oral sex
    • Use protection the whole time, every time

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