What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted bacterial disease. It’s the most frequently reported STD in the United States. Here in northeast Indiana, according to the most recently available statistics, There are 28,519 cases in Indiana as of 2014.8
How does one get chlamydia?
Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, or oral sex.
What can be the consequences of chlamydia?
According to the 2014 chlamydia fact sheets from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- 74.1% of cases occur in people under the age of 25.
- In women, untreated chlamydia can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Symptomatic PID occurs in about 10 to 15 percent of women with untreated chlamydia.
- The rate of chlamydia among African-American females in the United States was more than 7 times higher than the rate in white females.
- Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because about 75% of infected women and about 50% of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
- 40% of women with untreated chlamydia develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues. The damage can lead to chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus). Women infected with chlamydia are up to five times more likely to become infected with HIV if exposed.9
What treatment, if any, is available for chlamydia?
Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics. If you’ve been sexually active—GET TESTED! All sexual partners must be treated as well.
For more information about chlamydia visit:
CDC Mayo Clinic
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