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Chlamydia is the most common STD in the United States and the world. It is very easily transmitted and easily missed. However, the good news is it is very easy to treat and usually results in little harm, IF caught in time.

As you can see from the graph above from the CDC, chlamydia is most common in the young college age population here in America. The reason is obvious so no need to explain. That said, making sure you know the symptons so you can get it treated as soon as you find out is important.

Very similar to Gonorrhea there will first be a yellowish puss like discharge from you genitals when you urinate accompanied by a stinging pain.

FACTS

  • Chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the U.S.
  • Most easily cured of all the STDs with antibotics
  • Chlamydia cases reported in 2015: 1,526,658
  • Rate per 100,000 people: 479; increase of 6% since 2014

Men and women can also get infected with chlamydia in their rectum. This happens either by having receptive anal sex, or by spread from another infected site (such as the vagina). While these infections often cause no symptoms, they can cause

  • Rectal pain;
  • Discharge;
  • Bleeding.

Chlamydia:

WOMEN

Symptoms:

Usually the most commonly easily noticeable symptoms will be yellowish discharge and burning sensation while urinating.

If you are a sexually active women younger than 25, or have risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, you should request annual chlamydia and gonorrhea tests.

If untreated chlamydia can spread to your uterus and fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus). This can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID often has little to no symptoms, however some women may have abdominal and pelvic pain. Even if it doesn’t cause symptoms initially, PID can cause permanent damage to your reproductive system. PID can lead to long-term pelvic pain, inability to get pregnant, and potentially deadly ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus).


Treatment:

As mentioned earlier this is the easiest STD to cure with a common antibiotic.

MEN

Symptoms:

Usually the most commonly easily noticeable symptoms will be yellowish discharge and burning sensation while urinating.

Men rarely have too many complications from chlamydia, but if left untreated it can cause pain In the testicles. In very rare cases if left untreated.


Very long time might cause infertility.


Treatment:

As mentioned earlier this is the easiest STD to cure with a common antibiotic.

Persons with chlamydia should abstain from sexual activity for 7 days after single dose antibiotics or until completion of a 7-day course of antibiotics, to prevent spreading the infection to partners. It is important to take all of the medication prescribed to cure chlamydia.