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Chlamydia

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Chlamydia is a very common STD. It often has no symptoms and can be passed to others without knowing it. If left untreated, chlamydia can result in serious health problems, such as infertility in women. A simple test can tell you if you have chlamydia. Chlamydia is easily treated and cured.



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Symptoms

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Chlamydia often has no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they can include unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, burning when urinating, and/or bleeding or discharge from your rectum if you have receptive anal sex.

CDC information on Chlamydia symptoms

Who

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Anyone can get Chlamydia. It is very common among teens and young adults.

CDC information on who is affected by Chlamydia

Testing

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There are laboratory tests to diagnose chlamydia. Some can be performed on urine; other tests require that a specimen be collected from a site such as the penis or cervix. Sexually active women 25 or younger should be tested every year.

CDC information on testing on Chlamydia

Transmission/Prevention

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You can pass chlamydia to others without knowing it. The surest way to prevent chlamydia is not to have sex, to have sex only with someone who's not infected and who has sex only with you, or to use condoms the right way every single time you have sex.

CDC information on transmission and prevention of Chlamydia

Treatment

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Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. If you do not treat chlamydia, it can lead to serious health problems. All recent sex partners should be tested and treated.

CDC information on Chlamydia treatment

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