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What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It is most commonly sexually transmitted in the United States. Sexually active individuals and individuals with multiple partners are at highest risk.

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

As many as one in four men with chlamydia have no symptoms. In men, chlamydia may produce symptoms similar to chlamydia. Symptoms may include:
• Burning sensation during urination
• Discharge from the penis or rectum
• Testicular tenderness or pain
• Rectal discharge or pain

Only about 30% of women with chlamydia have symptoms. Symptoms that may occur in women include:
• Burning sensation during urination
• Painful sexual intercourse
• Rectal pain or discharge
• Symptoms of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, salpingitis, and liver inflammation similar to hepatitis
• Vaginal discharge

How is chlamydia treated?
The usual treatment for chlamydia is antibiotics, including tetracyclines, azithromycin, or erythromycin.

Your teen can get chlamydia with gonorrhea or syphilis, so if he or she has one sexually transmitted disease he or she must be screened for other sexually transmitted diseases as well. All sexual contacts should be screened for chlamydia.

Sexual partners must be treated to prevent passing the infection back and forth. There is no significant immunity following the infection and a person may become repeatedly infected.

A follow-up evaluation may be done in four weeks to determine if the infection has been cured.


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