//Chlamydia – Quick Facts

Chlamydia – Quick Facts

  • 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.

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Updated on: August 3, 2018

2018-08-03T11:57:56-07:00