Chlamydia (kluh-MID-ee-uh) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
STDs (also called
sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal,
oral, or anal). Some STDs can spread through close contact with the genitals or body
Chlamydia spreads through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who has the
Someone with chlamydia may have:
Many people with chlamydia have no symptoms. They can spread the infection to others
without knowing it.
A type of
, Chlamydia trachomatis, causes chlamydia.
To find out if someone has chlamydia, health care providers do tests on:
Health care providers treat chlamydia with antibiotics. All sexual partners from
the past 2 months need treatment too, even if they don't have signs of chlamydia.
People can get chlamydia again if:
If it's not treated, chlamydia can lead to:
The only way to prevent chlamydia and other STDs is to not
have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). If someone decides to have sex, using a latex
condom every time can prevent
Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs every year (or more often
if recommended by their health care provider).
Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, Texas