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Steve Redding Human Sexuality Chlamydia What is Chlamydia It is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the US Its full name is chlamydia trachomatis It is a kind of bacteria that can infect the penis vagina cervix anus urethra or eye What does chlamydia cause It causes PID pelvic inflammatory disease Sterility and even death Some common symptoms include fever fatigue severe lower abdominal pain lower abdominal tenderness enlargement of the fallopian tubes and vaginal discharge There are many other things that Chlamydia can lead to Chlamydia often produces no symptoms 60 of women and 40 of men have no symptoms This is perhaps the scariest part of the disease Equally scary is enormous infection rate of this disease Three million American women and men become infected with chlamydia every year Chlamydia is four times as common as gonorrhea more than 30 times as common as syphilis most common among women and men under 25 For every one person with herpes there are six with chlamydia Another scary fact is that its possible to acquire the disease more then once being infected once twice a hundred times does not mean you are immune against more infections People at high risk include white males aged 15-24 people with more then one partners and women during their reproductive lives In women and men chlamydia may cause the rectum to itch and bleed It can also result in a discharge and diarrhea If it infects the eyes chlamydia may cause redness itching and a discharge Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual intercourse It is easier to get chlamydia through anal intercourse Direct exchange of bodily fluids is the most common way of transmission Whether Chlamydia can be transmitted orally is not known Chlamydia grows within cells Chlamydia usually infects the cervix and fallopian tubes of women and the urethra of men Chlamydial infections are said to be the most common of all
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