Chlamydia, the CDC Facts

chlamydia

THE FACTS

  • Chlamydia (cla MI dee a) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Anyone can get chlamydia. It is very common among teens and young adults.
  • Young, sexually active females need testing every year.
  • Most people who have chlamydia don’t know it. Often the disease has no symptoms.
  • You can pass chlamydia to others without knowing it.
  • Chlamydia is easy to treat and cure.
  • If you do not treat chlamydia, it can lead to serious health problems.

HOW CAN I LOWER MY RISK FOR CHLAMYDIA?

The surest way to prevent chlamydia is not to have sex or to have sex only with someone who’s not infected and who has sex only with you.

Condoms can reduce your risk of getting chlamydia if used the right way every single time you have sex.

Washing. the genitals, urinating, or douching after sex will not prevent any STD.

HOW DOES SOMEONE GET CHLAMYDIA?

You can get chlamydia by having sex with someone who has it.

“Having sex” means having anal, oral, or vaginal sex.

If you are a pregnant woman who has chlamydia, you can pass the infection to your baby.

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