Get SUM Facts: Chlamydia

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Coach Carr Chlamydia

Thanks for the tip, Coach Carr, but I think we need to clear some things up….  Let’s take a look at what chlamydia actually is:

Chlamydia is a bacterial STD.  In fact, it’s the most reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.. You won’t get chlamydia just from touching someone (sorry, Coach Carr), but you can get it through anal, vaginal, or oral sex, even if the male doesn’t ejaculate!  It can also be transmitted to an infected pregnant woman’s baby.

What’s real scary is that symptoms often don’t occur, or if they do, they occur weeks after you’ve been exposed.  Whoa.  Females might experience abnormal vaginal discharge or burning while urinating  Males might have discharge from their penis or burning while urinating.  Anal infections may lead to rectal pain/discharge/bleeding.

Chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease for females, which can also lead to fertility complications.  Complications are rarely caused for males.  Testing is encouraged for anyone who is sexually active.

But fear not!  It can be treated. Whew. With antibiotics, chlamydia can be treated and cured. And you probably won’t die (sorry again, Coach Carr).  Wearing condoms can reduce the risk of getting or giving it, too. Woo hoo!

So there you have it. Stay safe, stay informed, and Go Blue!

Here’s a video from the CDC, “What You Need to Know About Chlamydia” that summarizes the key points about it:

[Source: CDC Chlamydia Fact Sheet]