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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria. Men and women get chlamydia by having sex or sexual contact with someone who is infected. Both men and women can get it. Chlamydia usually doesn't cause symptoms. If it does, you might notice a burning feeling when you urinate or abnormal discharge from your vagina or penis.

In both men and women, chlamydia can infect the urinary tract. In women, infection of the reproductive system can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause infertility or serious problems with pregnancy. Babies born to infected mothers can get eye infections and pneumonia from chlamydia. In men, chlamydia can infect the epididymis, the tube that carries sperm. This can cause pain, fever but rarely, infertility.

Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics. Sexually active individuals can decrease the risk of getting chlamydia by using condoms. Experts recommend that women 25 and younger get a chlamydia test every year.

People who have chlamydia are at higher risk of also having other sexually transmitted infections including Gonorrhea and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

For additional information, please click here http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chlamydia/DS00173

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