A common sexually transmitted disease. chlamydia is easily cured. Although, left untreated, it can make it difficult for a woman to get pregnant. It can infect both men and women, and can cause serious permanent damage to the reproductive system in women. It can also cause potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy ( a pregnancy occurring outside the womb). Chlamydia is spread through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person. If your sexual partner is male, you can still contract it, even if he does not ejaculate.
The only way to avoid contracting chlamydia, or any other sexually transmitted disease, is to abstain from sex. If you are sexually active, you can lower your chances of contracting chlamydia by being in a long-term monogamous relationship with a tested partner, or the use of latex condoms each time you have sex. Sexually active younger people are ata higher risk of contracting chlamydia.
Having chlamydia during pregnancy can make a too early deliver of your baby more likely. You can also pass the infection to your baby during a vaginal birth. This can cause eye infections and pneumonia in your newborn. As most people who have chlamydia show no symptoms, the only way to be sure of infection is to be tested. Symptoms may not occur until several weeks after infection. even with no symptoms, chalmydia can cause damage to your reproductive system.
Women who have chlamydia may experience: abnormal vaginal discharge, and a burning sensation during urination. Men who have the infection my experience: a discharge from the penis, burning sensation during urination, pain and swelling in either one or both testical. Both men and women can also get the infection rectally by having anal sex, or by spread from another infected area, such as the vagina. It can cause: rectal pain, discharge, and bledding.
CTest Result Ranges:
A positive result indicates that you have been infected with Chlamydia and need to be treated. A negative result indicates that you do not have Chlamydia.
If your test results indicate a positive, please see your primary care physician.