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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man and rarely causes epididymitis, a painful swelling of the epididymis located behind the testicle. 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. Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. All sex partners should be evaluated, tested, and treated.

The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted diseases is to abstain from sexual contact, or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. Latex male condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia.


 

For more information:

CDC Chlamydia fact sheet:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/Chlamydia/STDFact-Chlamydia.htm

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