Chlamydia

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

Symptoms:

Most people don’t realize they are infected with chlamydia.  In men up to 25% can be infected without symptoms and in women 70% can be infected without symptoms.  Symptoms can include:

• Abnormal vaginal discharge or discharge from the penis

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

• Abdominal and/or pelvic pain

Testing:

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 latex condoms can help prevent the transmission of chlamydia.

Resources:

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