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By Lauren Haines, Nurse Practitioner
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial STI in the United States with approximately 3 million cases being reported each year. Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Most cases of Chlamydia are asymptomatic, meaning you may not have any symptoms of the infection. Since so many cases are asymptomatic, routine screening for Chlamydia is very important to help detect the infection and prevent spreading it to others.
If you do experience symptoms, the most common symptoms are abnormal vaginal or penile discharge, painful urination, and abnormal vaginal bleeding.
Chlamydia is spread through contact with infected bodily fluids during sexual activity. It can be spread through oral, vaginal or anal sex. Using condoms or other barrier devices such as dental dams can help prevent the spread of Chlamydia.
Screening for Chlamydia is simple and painless. Chlamydia can be detected using a throat swab, vaginal swab, rectal swab or a urine sample. Chlamydia can only be detected in the site that it is tested. So, if you provide a vaginal swab, it will only show if you have Chlamydia in your vagina. It will not show if you have Chlamydia in your throat or rectum. No blood testing is required to detect Chlamydia
If you are determined to have a Chlamydia infection, your medical provider can provide treatment for you. Chlamydia is completely curable with appropriate antibiotic treatment. If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to other problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, or chronic pelvic or pain.
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