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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or no symptoms at all. In many patients without symptoms, chlamydial infections can spread upwards into the abdomen and cause serious complications due to scarring. Newborns can acquire chlamydial eye infection from birth ...Read more


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How common is it for a woman not to show symptoms of chlamydia infection?

How common is it for a woman not to show symptoms of chlamydia infection?

Very common.: A significant majority of women with chlamydia, a sexually transmitted infection, have no symptoms initially. Untreated though, chlamydia infections can lead to a serious condition called pelvic inflammatory disease, which can also cause infertility and increase the chance of ectopic pregnancy. If you've had unprotected sexual contact, or a new sexual partner, it's a good idea to get screened. ...Read more

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In which condition a pregnant woman can pass chlamydia infection to her unborn child even in caesar case?

In which condition a pregnant woman can pass chlamydia infection to her unborn child even in 
caesar case?

Ruptured membranes: Chlamydia passes by direct contact, so if your bag of waters broke before you went into labor or the amniotic sac actually got infected by the bacteria (less common), then the infection could be transmitted to the baby even with a c-section delivery. Best to get the chlamydia treated, document cure, and treat partners to prevent re-infection. ...Read more

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Do women usually have successful pregnancies after a chlamydia infection or do you always become infertile if not treated for a long time?

Do women usually have successful pregnancies after a chlamydia infection or do you always become infertile if not treated for a long time?

SOME DO: Chlamydia may enter the female genital tract and cause injury & scaring to the sensitive fallopian tubes or worse. If an infection is detected prior to damage & treated effectively, the problems can be minimized and natural pregnancy can occur. With todays tech a willing couple can harvest eggs, fertalize & implant embryos, bypassing the tubes. Expensive but possible ...Read more

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Is it possible for you and your partner create the chlamydia infection ?

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Is it possible for you and your partner create the chlamydia infection ?

No: You don't create the infection as much as you catch it & pass it on. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection/disease that is pre-existing and passed from sexual partner to sexual partner unless antibiotics are given or a condom is worn. That's why regardless of whether the female is taking a birth control pill or not, we always recommend that the male partner wear a condom each & every time. ...Read more

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What is an anal chlamydia infection like?

What is an anal chlamydia infection like?

Rectal symptoms: Rectal pain, pain on defecation, and rectal bleeding or discharge. Remember that some anal chlamydia, especially in gay men, is due to a type of chlamydia called lymphogranuloma venereum (lgv), which requires a longer course of treatment than standard chlamydia. Not all labs can tell the difference. ...Read more

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Is impotence common after a chlamydia infection?

Is impotence common after a chlamydia infection?

No: Impotence (erectile dysfunction) is pretty common regardless of whether you have an infection or not. I'm not aware of any link between sexually transmitted diseases and ed. However, i can picture a situation where one develops ed after having caught an std. Why? Because you're afraid to catch another one. But aside from that fear, infection doesn't cause ed. Ps always wear a condom to lower risk. ...Read more

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Can norfloxacin be used to treat a chlamydia infection?

Can norfloxacin be used to treat a chlamydia infection?

Sometimes: There are more resistant strains of chlamydia so not all are sensitive to the fluoroquinones. ...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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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more