Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the US.  It is caused by a bacteria that can infect both men and women, and can infect the penis, vagina anus or throat.  Untreated chlamydia in women can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease(PID) which can cause infertility and ectopic pregnancies.

Symptoms:

Most people don’t realize they are infected with chlamydia because they don’t have symptoms.   Symptoms can include:

• Abnormal vaginal discharge or discharge from the penis

• Itching and burning sensation when urinating (both men and women) or during sex

• Abdominal and/or pelvic pain

• Swollen testicles

Testing:

Chlamydia testing is painless and fast. Talk to your provider to make sure you are getting the appropriate test.

The CDC recommends yearly chlamydia testing for:

• Sexually active women age 25 or younger

• Women who have a new partner or more than one sex partner

• All pregnant women because chlamydia can be transmitted to the newborn during childbirth

Treatment:

Chlamydia is treated and cured with antibiotics.  Infected people should abstain from sex for seven days after starting treatment to prevent transmitting chlamydia to their partner.  If your partner has been treated for chlamydia, you should also be tested and treated.

Prevention:

Correct and consistent use of condoms can help prevent the transmission of chlamydia.

Resources:

http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/default.htm