Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can cause infertility if untreated. Symptoms of chlamydia are rare and most people don’t know they have chlamydia so they don’t get tested.
How common is chlamydia?snhd_admin2018-08-02T13:55:16-07:00
Chlamydia is known as a “silent” disease because about 75 percent of infected women and about 50 percent of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within one to three weeks after exposure.
In pregnant women, there is evidence that untreated chlamydia can lead to premature delivery. 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.
How is chlamydia diagnosed?snhd_admin2018-08-02T14:02:00-07:00
The best way to avoid the spread of STDs is to not have sex, or to have sex with only one partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. If used correctly every time, latex male condoms can reduce the risk of spreading of chlamydia.
For more information on preventing chlamydia, visit the Prevention webpage.
Where can I get more information?snhd_admin2018-08-02T14:04:44-07:00