STDs & Safe Sex
What is it?
A highly contagious bacterial infection, Chlamydia is the most common STD. There are approximately 4 million new infections each year. It is very common among teens and young adults. Sexually active individuals should be tested at least once a year.
How is it harmful?
It can cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. Women with Chlamydia might not be able to become pregnant or, if they do, the pregnancy can occur in the fallopian tubes, a potentially fatal occurrence.
What are the symptoms?
For women, Chlamydia usually has no symptoms at all. If symptoms do occur, they are: unusual discharge, unexplained bleeding or pain during urination. For men, discharge, pain during urination or testicular pain.
What is the treatment?
Antibiotics; however, long-term complications like infertility may not be reversible.