By: Joanne Yoo

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis.

How is Chlamydia Transmitted?

Those with the bacteria could transmit it to other by:
  • sexual intercourse
  • oral-genital contact
  • bodily fluid touching the eye
  • mother to the baby during delivery

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Chlamydia?

  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • bleeding between menstrual periods
  • pain in lower abdomen, or during urination and sexual intercourse
  • mild fever
  • headaches

  • swollen testicles
  • discharge from the urethra
  • itching and burning sensations around penis
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How Can You Treat Chlamydia?

  • see a family doctor, adolescent doctor, gynecologist, or local health clinics
  • get prescribed antibiotics to clear infections

What are the problems that can occur from leaving Chlamydia untreated?

  • infection of urethra
  • inflammation of cervix
  • PID- pelvic inflammatory disease, which is the infection of uterus, ovaries, and/or fallopian tubes

  • inflammation of urethra and the epididymis (structure attached to the testicle that helps transports sperm)

How do you prevent Chlamydia from happening?

  • abstain from all types of sexual intercourse
  • use a latex condom