Frequently Asked Questions
Symptoms & Treatment
Sexual Health Clinic
Disease Report Investigation Process
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD).
Symptoms of chlamydia are rare and most people don’t know they have chlamydia so they don’t get tested.
About 2.8 million Americans get chlamydia each year.
Chlamydia is passed person-to-person during vaginal, anal or oral sex.
During vaginal delivery chlamydia can be passed from mother to child.
Anyone who has sex can get chlamydia. The more sex partners, the greater the risk of infection.
Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease because about 75 percent of infected women and about 50 percent of infected men have no symptoms.
Chlamydia infection can occur in the vagina, penis, anus and throat.
If untreated, chlamydia can develop into serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term effects.
Women infected with chlamydia are up to five times more likely to get HIV if exposed.
Men infected with chlamydia can get epididymitis, a painful condition of the testicles that can lead to infertility if not treated.
Chlamydia infection can cause Reiter’s syndrome.
Babies who are born to infected mothers can get chlamydia in their eyes and respiratory tracts. Chlamydia is a leading cause of early infant pneumonia and conjunctivitis (pink eye) in newborns.
Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.