See The 8 Important Facts About Chlamydia

Chlamydia often shows no signs in the short term, but it can cause long term health consequences if it is left untreated.

If you’re active sexually, you should know about chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted bacterial infection. These 8 facts will get you updated on who’s at risk, why regular check up is so important, and how to avoid getting chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
1. Chlamydia Is Caused by Sexually Transmitted Bacteria

The bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis causes chlamydia infection, which particularly occurs in the genital tract, so the cervix in women and the penis in men. In both women and men, the bacteria may also infect the rectum and the throat.

“Infections are spread during any kind of sexual activity: vaginal, anal, or oral intercourse,” says Jonathan Schaffir, MD, an ob-gyn at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Chlamydia trachomatis can also cause conjunctivitis (pink eye) if the bacteria come into contact with the eyelids or the clear membrane covering the white of the eye.

Because chlamydia infections often cause no symptoms, individuals who have one may not seek medical attention or get treated for it. However, anyone who is infected with chlamydia can pass it to other people, who can, in turn, pass it to others.

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