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STDs

Chlamydia: What is it? What are the symptoms?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection.

Symptoms appear within 7 – 28 days of having sex. Often there are no symptoms at all.

Symptoms in females include: vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding between periods, pain when urination (peeing), pain in lower abdomen, nausea and fever, and frequent urination (feeling like you need to pee a lot, but not much comes out).

Symptoms in males include: watery or white discharge from penis, pain or burning with urination (burning when you pee), frequent urination, and swelling or pain in testicles.

 

How do you get chlamydia?
By having unprotected vaginal, anal (butt hole) or oral sex with someone who is infected with chlamydia.

 

What if I don't get treated for chlamydia?
If untreated it can cause a more serious infection that damages the reproductive organs. Guys won’t be able to make babies and girls won’t be able to have babies. Also, if a girl doesn’t get treated, it can cause PID, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which can lead to death. It can also lead to heart trouble, blindness, arthritis, and really nasty skin sores.

 

Prevention (how to NOT get it!)
The best prevention against chlamydia for people who are sexually active is to use latex or polyurethane condoms.

You cannot get chlamydia from kissing, holding hands, sharing forks, spoons or knives, sharing water bottles, soda cans or glasses, sneezing or casual touching.

Of course the only 100% way to protect against getting chlamydia, or any other STD, is abstinence which means having no sex at all.


Treatment (how to make it go away or make it better)

Good news! Chlamydia is 100% curable!. Once someone is diagnosed with chlamydia they need to see a medical professional who will prescribe one of several medications available that will make the chlamydia go away. It is important to take ALL the medication, don't stop taking the medicine just because the symptoms are gone. If you stop taking the medicine before it is all gone the chlamydia will come right back!

It is very important to try and notify any sex partners who may have been exposed to chlamydia so they can be treated. It is very important to not have unprotected sex while being treated for chlamydia because you can just keep passing it back and forth to your partner.

If you must have vaginal, oral or anal sex while you are being treated for chlamydia it is very important to use latex or polyurethane condoms to help prevent transmitting it to the other person.