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Posted by: Teen | 2004/10/25

Sexual transmitted disease

What is chlamydia?

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Chlamydia
Also known as
Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU), Mucopurulent Cervicitis

Caused by
Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria

Incidence
The most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., with over 4 million new cases a year.

Symptoms
Women: About 80% of women have no symptoms until serious complications occur. When early symptoms do arise, they are likely to include unusual vaginal discharge, burning sensation with urination, and unusual vaginal bleeding.

Men: Up to 50% of men show no symptoms of infection. Among those that do, the most common include: unusual discharge from the penis, burning sensation on urination, itching and burning around the urethral opening, pain and swelling of the testicles, and low grade fever.

Incubation
Early symptoms, if they occur at all, will usually do so within three weeks of exposure.

Diagnosis
Culture of discharge, blood serology, or urine test.

Complications
Is a common cause of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and Fallopian tube scarring which subsequently can lead to infertility and ectopic pregnancies. Infants of infected mothers can develop dangerous eye infections during birth if left untreated.

Treatment
Antibiotics, usually doxycycline or tetracycline.

Dr Elna McIntosh

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