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Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis. It can do some serious damage to both a woman's and man's reproductive organs. Symptoms of Chlamydia are usually mild or absent but can cause irreversible damage.
How is it Spread?
- Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. If a mother has
- Chlamydia, it can be passed from mother to baby during vaginal childbirth.
- The more sexually active a person is, the higher the risk they have of Chlamydia
Chlamydia is frequently asymptomatic, meaning there are no symptoms.
But that doesn't mean there are no symptoms! Symptoms include:
- Vaginal or penile discharge
- Burning during urination
- Woman sometimes experience lower abdominal pain during intercourse and/or irregular bleeding between periods
- Men may experience swelling or pain in the testicles
Chlamydia can often be treated with antibiotics, such as Azithromycin and Doxycycline.
Azithromycin is an antibiotic usually prescribed in a single dose and Doxycycline must be taken twice per day, for about one week.
Many other antibiotics can be prescribed.
Better Safe, Than Sorry!
- Screening for Chlamydia at least annually, is recommended for all sexually active woman 25 and younger
- Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly can help
- Abstain from sexual contact
- Be in a long-term relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected