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Chlamydia? What?

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
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