Hi, my name is PRESENTER NAME. I'm PRESENTERROLE. Welcome to quot;Signs and Symptoms of Chlamydia.quot; Chlamydia is a common sexually transmittedinfection. Chlamydia usually has no symptoms, can leave a woman unable to havechildren, and can be passed from the mother to child during vaginal childbirth.Having an active sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia increases the risk you willget HIV or give it to someone else. HIV is incurable and can be fatal. Fortunately, chlamydiacan be diagnosed with a test and cured with antibiotics.You can have chlamydia without knowing it. If you think you may have been exposed toor infected with any sexually transmitted
infection, see a and get tested whetheror not you have any symptoms. All pregnant womenshould be checked for chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and other sexually transmittedinfections. How Is Chlamydia TransmittedéChlamydia is transmitted by vaginal, oral or anal sexual contact. Chlamydia can alsobe transmitted from mother to child during vaginaldelivery. Signs and Symptoms of ChlamydiaChlamydia usually has no symptoms. If you have symptoms, they usually appear one tothree weeks after infection.
When a woman has a chlamydia infection inher vagina, symptoms may include: * abnormal vaginal discharge* quot;a burning sensation when urinatingquot; * quot;lower abdominal painquot;* quot;low back painquot; * quot;nauseaquot;* quot;feverquot; * quot;pain duringquot; sex* quot;bleeding between menstrual periodsquot; When a man has a chlamydia infection, hissymptoms may include: * abnormal discharge from his penis* quot;burning sensation when urinatingquot; * quot;burning and itching around the openingof the penisquot;
* rarely, quot;pain and swelling in the testiclesquot;If the penis is put into a person's anus during intercourse, that person may get achlamydia quot;infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, fluid discharge, orbleeding.quot; Men or women who perform oral sex on an infectedpartner may get a chlamydia infection in their throat.Effects of Untreated Chlamydia in Women When not treated, chlamydia can cause a womanto develop: * pelvic inflammatory disease* quot;permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissuesquot;* quot;chronic pelvic painquot;
* quot;infertilityquot; (inability to have a baby)* ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the uterus) which can be fatalIf a woman is infected multiple times with chlamydia, her risk of serious complications,including infertility (not being able to have a baby), increases.Chlamydia in Pregnant Women If you are a woman who is pregnant or whomay become pregnant, it is important that you be tested for chlamydia. The United StatesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all pregnant womenbe tested for chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections includingHIV, syphilis, and Hepatitis B and that
pregnant women who are at risk for gonorrheaor live where it is common be tested for gonorrhea. The World Health Organization recommendsthat all pregnant women be tested for HIV and syphilis and checked forsymptoms of other sexually transmitted infections.If you are pregnant, have chlamydia, and don't get treated, your baby may have problemsincluding: * premature delivery* infections of the eyes and lungs * pneumoniaBy getting tested for chlamydia and treated if you need it, you can protect your ownhealth and your baby's health too. So if you
What is chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmittedinfection in the world. Sexually transmitted infection. And you might recall from our conversation about gonorrhea,chlamydia often coinfects with gonorrhea, or they tend to occur together. Now there are several species of chlamydia
that exist, but when we talk about the most common STI that's responsible for the disease chlamydia, we're talking about chlamydiatrachomotuis, trachomotuis. And the way it gets this name, trachoma is the term for the eye infection that occurs with chlamydia, as we'll talk about in a minute.
Now with any sexuallytransmitted infection we have to consider the mechanism by which the infection spreads from one person to another. And that process is called transmission, and there are several ways that chlamydia is transmitted from one person to another. Sex is the most common way
and that can include oral sex, vaginal sex and anal sex. Childbirth is another important mechanism for transmission, as we'll talk about in a few minutes. And finally one of the unique ways that we can transmit chlamydia that we can't with many
other sexually transmitted infections is with direct contact. Now I want to throw abig asterisks over here. Because chlamydia can only live outside of a human host for about a few seconds to a minute. So direct contact means something like scratching
an infected organ of the body, say part of the genitalia, and then directly touching another part of the body like the eye. This doesn't count for one person touching another person directly and spreading the infection. That's very rare and unlikely to occur.