More Details on Chlamydia
How Is Chlamydia Treated?Treatment typically involves antibiotics, which can cure the infection. Treating chlamydia is simple, but it is vital that a person seek testing and treatment as soon as possible. It's important to avoid all sexual activity during treatment and to inform your sex partners that you have the disease, so that they can begin treatment as well.
Are There Complications?
If left untreated, chlamydia can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems, with both short-term and long-term consequences. It can cause serious problems in men and women, as well as in newborn babies of infected mothers.
Like the disease itself, the damage that chlamydia causes is often "silent."
Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage (including infertility) can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. The disease also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.
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Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial STD in the United States. In 2002, 834,555 infections were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 50 states and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.). Under-reporting is substantial, because most people are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing. Also, testing is not often done if patients are treated for their symptoms. As mentioned, an estimated 2.8 million Americans are infected each year, and women are frequently reinfected if their sex partners are not treated.