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Chlamydia trachomatis is the bacterium that causes chlamydia and trachoma, an eye disease.
Chlamydia is spread by sexual contact or from mother to baby
The bacterium is found in infected body fluids from the penis or vagina and spread by direct sexual contact.
If a woman has chlamydia and is not treated, she may get a serious
infection in her reproductive organs, making it difficult for her to
The eyes, ears, and lungs of babies can get infected if the mother
has chlamydia at the time of childbirth. This type of lung infection in
babies can be very serious.
Many men and women can have chlamydia and have no symptoms. They can
still pass it to their sex partners even if they have no symptoms.
For those people who do have symptoms, some of the signs of chlamydia to look for are:
Symptoms of chlamydia start 7 to 30 days after sexual contact with an infected person.
Chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics
Since the symptoms of chlamydia and gonorrhea are similar and both
diseases can occur at the same time, everyone treated for gonorrhea
should also be treated for chlamydia.
You can keep yourself from getting chlamydia
If you think you or your partners have chlamydia, do not have sex until you see your doctor
If you have chlamydia, tell your partners so that they can be treated
Do not have sex until both you and your partners have finished antibiotic treatment.
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