by Alan R and Kevin H

What is Chlamydia?

  • Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease.
  • It is the most common STD in America.
  • 1.1 million new cases come up every year.

Signs and Symptoms

Many people don't experience symptoms but these are the most commons:

  • Vaginal Discharge
  • Painful Urination
  • PID
  • Abdominal Pain

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How to Treat Chlamydia

There is a series of antibiotic treatments that take place over seven days. This treatment will help kill all of the bacteria.

How to Prevent the Disease

The only way to be sure you won't get the disease is to avoid all sexual contact. However, if you do engage in sexual contact these are ways you can prevent it:

  • Always use a latex condom correctly when engaging in intercourse
  • Be in a mutually monogamous relationship
  • Be careful about environmental factors when about to engage in intercourse. For example, avoid alcohol when about to engage in sexual intercourse.

Future Complications

  • If a woman is pregnant with the disease, the disease could pass onto the baby. This could result in future complications for the baby.
  • 1 in 5 women with untreated chlamydia could lose the ability to have children.
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