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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 (Definition)

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, ...Read more


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What does chlamydia look like?

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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What is chlamydia? How does a person get it?

What is chlamydia? How does a person get it?

Chlamydia : Chlamydia is an intracellular bacteria that cause diseases in multiple species. In humans it is most notably the number one cause of sexually transmitted diseases. Men are symptomatic in about 75% of cases whereas women are only symptomatic in about 30% of cases. It usually infects the urethra however it can i ascend to the bladder and cause a urinary tract infection. Other species can cause pneumonia and is spread by birds. ...Read more

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What is chlamydia and how can you contract it?

What is chlamydia and how can you contract it?

STD: Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection by chlamydia trachomatis. It is treatable with antibiotics. About 25% of the people with chlamydia also have gonnorhea and it is advised to treat both. You need a prescription from a doctor. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/chlamydia/ds00173/tab=indepth. ...Read more

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What is chlamydia and how common is it in men?

What is chlamydia and how common is it in men?

Bacteria: Chlamydia is a bacteria infection transmitted by sex and both men and women can contract the infection. In men, they usually experience mild, intermittent burning with urination with possible urethral discharge. Please see your doctor to be tested if you are not certain, and use protection (condoms) to prevent spreading the infection to others until it's been confirmed. Always use condoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what could chlamydia do of left untreated?

Can you tell me what could chlamydia do of left untreated?

Complications: Chlamydia complications in women can include pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy. Chronic pelvic pain. Men may develop epididymitis ; rarely infertility. Reiter's syndrome can occur (arthritis ; inflammation of eye ; urethra w skin lesions). ...Read more

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What does chlamydia look like? Does it look a little like colluliflower bunches?

What does chlamydia look like?  Does it look a little like colluliflower bunches?

No: Chlamydia does not produce a lesion which can be seen without a microscope. What you are referring to is most likely genital warts, which could have this appearance. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What could chlamydia symptoms be after treatment?

What could chlamydia symptoms be after treatment?

None: Discharge or burning or pain are symptoms of chlamydia. Once treated, the symptoms should resolve. Many men and women have no symptoms of chlamydia or other stds. ...Read more

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My partner suspect that he has a chlamydia is this transmittable?what specific antibiotic to fight chlamydia.what cause chlamydia. tanx

My partner suspect that he has a chlamydia is this transmittable?what specific antibiotic to fight chlamydia.what cause chlamydia. tanx

STD: Transferable YES! Where did he get it? You and he should be diagnosed and treated and any other partners interacting, or you just keep circling the bacteria. Azitnromycin or doxycycline are commonly used. ...Read more

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What are chlamydia antibodies? Does it mean a person is currently infected?

What are chlamydia antibodies? Does it mean a person is currently infected?

Yes: Chlamydia is a bacteria, so antibody testing does not apply. I suspect you are referring to dna testing, which is more reliable than direct cultures and is commonly done off of a pap smear sample. If this is positive you are infected and need to be treated. ...Read more

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What does chlamydia looks like on ovaries and reproductive area after having the STD 4 times or more ?

What does chlamydia looks like on ovaries and reproductive area after having the STD 4 times or more ?

Cant see chlamydia : It is a dangerous proposition to have contracted a sexually transmitted disease on 4 occasions. Needless to say, HIV should be a concern also. Why subject yourself to this risk? ...Read more

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6 months azithromycin treatment failed to treat chlamydia & doc want operation.So my question is, in what stage chlamydia incurable & operation needed?

6 months azithromycin treatment failed to treat chlamydia & doc want operation.So my question is, in what stage chlamydia incurable & operation needed?

May be...: Most of times, antibiotic will drastically improve infection-related symptoms within 1-3 days after its use. Even for protracted cases, if failing to reach its expected effectiveness within 2-4 weeks, one has to think if the used antibiotics is ineffective or noted needed. For painful urination, a knowledgeable and commonsensical doc should know how to figure these out for you. ...Read more

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What causes a chlamydia test to be a false negative?

What causes a chlamydia test to be a false negative?

It's just random: Tests miss 5-10% of infections, more by urine, less by urethral or vaginal swab. Maybe other possibilities as well. Chlamydia clears on its own in a few weeks to months, so current testing is negative. Or s/he received an antibiotic for chlamydia (and didn't admit it) or for another infection, curing chlamydia or interfering with the test. Partner(s) of infected person need Rx, even w/ neg tests. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what exactly is chlamydia and how common is it?

Can you please tell me what exactly is chlamydia and how common is it?

Chlamydia: Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (std) caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is reported more often than any other bacterial std in the us with an estimate of 2.8 million infections/ year. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if chlamydia is treated but still have symptoms?

Most will have no SX: Most will have no symptoms. Even if a women has fallopian tube scarring, it is usually asymptomatic after treatment. I believe that guilt of having acquired a venereal disease can be the cause of much symptomatology! ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens if chlamydia symptoms don't go away after taking medicine?

Could you tell me what happens if chlamydia symptoms don't go away after taking medicine?

Then it needs to: Be reevaluated to see if u still have the chlamydia and needs to be retreated with a diffenet med since it can be resistant sometimes to the first med or u could have a secondary infection, please see your gyn or go to the er this weekend. ...Read more

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What exactly does chlamydia amplified assay mean?

Clarify: Are you referring to a nucleic acid amplification test (naat)? Please clarify. ...Read more

Dr. H. 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