Facts about Chlamydia

STD

Disease Facts

  • Men infected with chlamydia can get epididymitis, a painful condition of the testicles that can lead to infertility if not treated.
  • Chlamydia infection can cause Reiter’s syndrome.
  • Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.
  • Babies who are born to infected mothers can get chlamydia in their eyes and respiratory tracts. Chlamydia is a leading cause of early infant pneumonia and conjunctivitis (pink eye) in newborns.

What are the causes of this STD?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection which means that you get it through having unprotected sex with someone who has chlamydia.

What are the symptoms?

In women- you will notice a abnormal vaginal discharge and a burning sensation when peeing

In men- abnormal discharge from penis, burning sensation when peeing, and pain or swelling in one or both testes

What is the transmission of the disease and can you treat it?

You can get this disease by having vaginal, anal, and oral sex.

Yes you can treat it. All you have to do is take the medication the doctors give you and then come back in a few weeks and get a check up to make sure you still don't have it.

How do you know you have Chlamydia?

Most people don't know they have Chlamydia and when you do realize you have it, it can be up to several weeks before you realize it.

Is there any complications?

Yes,

In women- Chlamydia is one of the main causes of PID in women. PID is an infection of the womb, ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can cause infertility, persistent pelvic pain and it increases the risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

In men- it can cause a Urethritis and that is the inflammation of the urethra that runs along the underside of the penis.

Can you prevent it?

Yes, a male and female condom will help reduce your chance of getting Chlamydia.