1_techName

Chlamydia


2_alsoCalled
Clap (often confused with Gonorrhea!), The Clam, Gooey Stuff, Rooster Crow, Grape Fruit, Snow Pie, WTH is that green stuff coming from my penis??

4_whatAreSymptoms
Up to 75% of those infected have no symptoms. Females may have vaginal discharge, painful sex, irregular menstrual bleeding, lower stomach or lower back pain, fever or nausea.

Males may have discharge from the penis, a burning feeling while urinating, genital burning and itching, painful or swollen testicles.

For women and men, any genital symptoms such as an unusual sore, discharge with odor, burning during urination could mean an STD infection. An additional symptom of possible infection for women is bleeding between menstrual cycles. If any of these symptoms appear, you should stop having sex and consult a health care provider immediately.

howCommon
Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs out there, especially among teenagers and young adults.

3_whatIsIt
A bacterium that is transmitted during oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who is infected. Chlamydia can infect the throat if oral sex is performed on an infected partner. Anal sex with an infected partner can result in rectal bleeding, pain and discharge.

risk
Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. In the United States, the highest reported rates of infection are among sexually active teenagers, young adults, and African Americans.

prevention
The surest way to avoid transmission of STDs is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a long-term, mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested and is known to be uninfected.

Latex condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of chlamydia. Think you know the correct way to use a condom? Click for a test.

Avoiding alcohol and drug use may also help prevent transmission of Chlamydia because these activities may lead to risky sexual behavior. It is important that sex partners talk to each other about their HIV status and history of other STDs so that preventive action can be taken.

treatment
Antibiotics, since it's BACTERIAL! Treatment usually involves pills.

It's important to know what to do if you're infected and receive treatment. Follow the doctor's or nurse's orders! Don't have sex, especially unprotected sex, until the doc says it's safe. If you know your partner(s) could be infected, it's important for them to be treated also. You can get infected again...and again, and again and again. Remember, most Chlamydia infections do not have symptoms. If you are infected, your partner should be treated even if they don't have symptoms.

Females who don't get treated can have pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to long term pain, infertility, and even death. Infected and untreated men may experience pain, fever and sterility.

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Last Updated On October, 29, 2012