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Chlamydia is a disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It is most commonly sexually transmitted

David Pham

on 12 June 2013

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Chlamydia Chlamydia is a disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a womens reproductive organs Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in North America Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal childbirth. Any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. What is Chlamydia? How common is Chlamydia? Most people with chlamydia are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing. Chlamydia can also be found in the throats of women and men having oral sex with an infected partner. Since chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, men who have sex with men are also at risk for chlamydial infection. How do people get chlamydia? What are the symptoms of chlamydia? Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because the majority of infected people have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure. Women and men who have symptoms might have an abnormal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. Men or women who have receptive anal intercourse may acquire chlamydial infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding. What complications can result from untreated chlamydia? If untreated, chlamydial infections can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences. Like the disease itself, the damage that chlamydia causes is often "silent." Complications among men are rare compared to Women How is chlamydia diagnosed? There are laboratory tests to diagnose chlamydia. Some can be performed on urine, other tests require that a specimen be collected from a site such as the penis or cervix. Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin or a week of doxycycline (twice daily) are the most commonly used treatments. How can chlamydia be prevented? The surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual contact Latex male condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia. THE END These are symptoms of
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