Our expert says:
Also known as
Nongonococcal Urethritis (NGU), Mucopurulent Cervicitis
Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria
The most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S., with over 4 million new cases a year.
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.
Early symptoms, if they occur at all, will usually do so within three weeks of exposure.
Culture of discharge, blood serology, or urine test.
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.
Antibiotics, usually doxycycline or tetracycline.
Dr Elna McIntosh
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