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Chlamydia (Overview)

Chlamydia is a curable sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria infects mucous membranes of the urethra, vagina, cervix, anus, rectum, eyelid, and throat. Chlamydia may be asymptomatic but some patients experience pain or burning during urination, nausea, fever, vaginal discharge, and lower abdominal pain.


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What is chlamydia?

What is chlamydia?

A kind of bacteria: Chlamydia is a bacteria. The the most common types are transmitted sexually, i.e. it's an STD. In some developing countries, some chlamydia types cause eye infections in children and are passed nonsexually by contact with infected people, by contact with shared clothing or sheets, and by flies. A related germ called Chlamydophila causes bronchitis and pneumonia. ...Read more

Chlamydia (Overview)

Chlamydia is a curable sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria infects mucous membranes of the urethra, vagina, cervix, anus, rectum, eyelid, and throat. Chlamydia may be asymptomatic but some patients experience pain or burning during urination, nausea, fever, vaginal discharge, and lower abdominal pain.


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Is chlamydia cureable?

Is chlamydia cureable?

Yes: Chlamydia is curable with the appropriate antibiotics. However, all sexual partners must be evaluated and treated as well, to prevent a reinfection. ...Read more

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Treating Chlamydia (Checklist)

Notify all of your partners if you are diagnosed with chlamydia
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Take your medication exactly as directed
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Avoid intercourse for two weeks after treatment
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Can chlamydia cause ed?

Can chlamydia cause ed?

Not likely: Chlamydia is not known to directly cause erectile dysfunction. However, if someone is anxious from knowing he might have chlamydia, it could contribute to ED. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How serious is chlamydia?

How serious is chlamydia?

Serious: Can lead to infertility in women severe pelvic infection need for complex abdominal surgery. ...Read more

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How can you get chlamydia?

Unprotected sex: Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection passed by transmitting body fluids from one person to another. Chlamydia can be acquired through vaginal, anal and oral sex. You can not catch chlamydia through casual contact. Avoiding intercourse is the only 100% way to protect yourself. Condoms are very effective in decreasing the risk. ...Read more

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I had chlamydia will I die?

I had chlamydia will I die?

Likely not: Mortality from chlamydial infection, presurmably genital, is negligable. ...Read more

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How long to treat chlamydia?

How long to treat chlamydia?

Usually 1 to 7: Days depending on antibiotic choice. Should not be sexually active until treated for at least 7 days. ...Read more

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What are signs of chlamydia?

What are signs of chlamydia?

Chlamydia is often a: “silent” disease – this means the person isn't experiencing symptoms. Chlamydia symptoms in women may include: spotting, painful sexual intercourse, pain w urination, vaginal discharge (milky or yellow mucus), lower abdominal pain, nausea & fever. Chlamydia in men may cause burning or pain w urinating, irritation at penis opening, discharge, groin pain w swelling & testicular swelling /pain. ...Read more

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Could I get chlamydia again?

Yes: You can get this as often as you are exposed, cured and re-exposed. Similar to strep throat, you do not develop permanent immunity after infection. ...Read more

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Does chlamydia make you itch?

Does chlamydia make you itch?

Not so much.: Most people w chlamydia don’t have sxs. That is why it’s called a silent std. Sxs can include: vaginal discharge, bleeding w intercourse or btwn periods, nausea, fever, painful intercourse, ; lower abdominal ; back pain. Men can experience discharge, burning w urination, itching at opening of the penis (urethra) ; less often – pain/ swelling of testes. It can lead to rectal pain, bleeding ; d/c. ...Read more

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What does chlamydia look like?

Chlamydia is often a: “silent” disease – this means the person isn't experiencing symptoms. Chlamydia symptoms in women may include: spotting, painful sexual intercourse, pain w urination, vaginal discharge (milky or yellow mucus), lower abdominal pain, nausea & fever. Chlamydia in men may cause burning or pain w urinating, irritation at penis opening, discharge, groin pain w swelling & testicular swelling /pain. ...Read more

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Can chlamydia pills be crushed?

Can chlamydia pills be crushed?

There a number of: Medications which could potentially be used to treat chlamydia. Ask your pharmacist about the specific medication that you are using. ...Read more

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What are the signs of chlamydia?

What are the signs of chlamydia?

Often asymptomatic: The majority of women with chlamydia infection have no symptoms. Some women and men experience pain with urination or sex, or abnormal discharge from the genitals. If you have had unprotected sex, or have a new partner, it is a good idea to visit a doctor to be tested for std's. ...Read more

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How can chlamydia be contracted?

How can chlamydia be contracted?

By sexual contact!: Chlamydia on the surface may seem like a mild venereal disease, but in truth, devastating consequences can occur, including infertility, arthritis, etc. It is the number one cause for infant blindness in the underdeveloped world. Direct vaginal/penile contact is usually required. Nearly 25% of young singles have already acquired the disease and are unaware! Barrier sex (condom) and/or abstinence! ...Read more

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How to know if I have chlamydia?

How to know if I have chlamydia?

Get tested: Many can carry this germ with no symptoms for an extended period. If you think you may have been exposed a test through your doc is indicated. ...Read more

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Chlamydia undetected for 5 years?

Chlamydia undetected for 5 years?

Possibly: The testing needs adequate concentration of organisms to prove their presence. A positive result is to be trusted, but a negative occasionally will be incorrect. Additionally, about 50% of women will not have obvious symptoms and 10% for men. ...Read more

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How accurate are chlamydia tests?

Very: Testing these days are very accurate. If you have specific concerns regarding the testing, talk to your doc. ...Read more

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What are the causes of chlamydia?

What are the causes of chlamydia?

Chlamydia: Chlamydia is a microorganism that infects the genital and urinary tract of men and women. It is sexually transmitted. ...Read more

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Where can I get a chlamydia test?

CHLAMYDIA: Most county health departments will do this for free. ...Read more

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Is there a shot to cure chlamydia?

Is there a shot to cure chlamydia?

No, . ..: There has been no known effective shot for chlamydia infection than oral Azithromycin or doxycycline. More? Ask your doctor for details. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is chlamydia?

What sort of disease is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a: Sexually transmitted disease. The infection is caused by bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is often a
“silent” disease – this means that the person isn't experiencing symptoms. Chlamydia symptoms in women may include: spotting, painful sexual intercourse, pain w urination, vaginal discharge (milky or yellow mucus), lower abdominal pain, nausea ; fever. Chlamydia in men may cause. ...Read more

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Does chlamydia go away on its own?

Does chlamydia go away on its own?

Treatment is needed.: Chlamydia can be treated with a single dose of azithromycin, or 7 day (sometimes 10 day)_treatment with Doxycycline or erythromycin. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

Varies: Chlamydia is known as the "silent std", because there are often no symptoms of the infection. However, many women with chlamydia will have an increased vaginal discharge, some will have pelvic and/or lower abdominal pain, some will have pain with intercourse, and some will run a fever - depending on the extent and severity of the infection. If you have been exposed to chlamydia, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Who should be tested for chlamydia?

Who should be tested for chlamydia?

Age, sexual risks: First, anyone who is sexually active and has symptoms that can be caused by chlamydia, i.e. penile or vaginal discharge, uncomfortable urination, etc. With no symptoms, standard recommendations (e.g. by CDC) are for routine testing at least once a year of all women up to age 20 if they have ever had sex; also those 21-30 with >1 partner, partner with other partners, etc. Uncommon after age 30. ...Read more

Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

A sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or ...Read more