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Chlamydia is one of the most common STD's in the United States today. Almost 5 million people are infected with this disease each year. Chlamydia is a germ that commonly infects the cervix and may spread to the uterus and the fallopian tubes.

How You Get It

The disease is passed on through sex, including oral sex with an infected person. It is easier to get chlamydia if a condom is not used. Chlamydia often occurs with other STD's, especially gonorrhea.

How It Is Transmitted

Chlamyd a is transmitted by passing germs (bacteria) from one person to another when having sex.

What It Looks Like - What The Symptoms Are

Chlamydia frequently doesn't cause any signs that are visible. Sometimes it does. Visible signs appear in 1 to 3 weeks after having sex with an infected person. Men may see a yellow discharge from the penis or a slight crusting at the tip of the penis. They can also experience severe burning during urination. Women may see a yellowish discharge from the vagina or feel pain in the stomach. Women can also experience severe burning during urination.

How You Get Tested For It

A healthcare provider will collect a sample from the penis or vagina to be sent out for culture. This will take a few days. They will also use clinical indicators to determine if chlamydia exists. This will require an exam of the cervix or penis and indication of discharge.


Chlamydia is treatable and can be cured. Antibiotics will be given to kill the bacteria.

If Left Untreated

Would result in serious infections. Women would be extremely vulnerable to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and possible sterility.


Use a condom and spermicide (nonoxynol-9).


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