What is Chlamydia?

  • Chlamydia is a very common bacterial infection that you can get from sexual contact with another person and is easily cured with an antibiotic medicine.


  • Contact with mucous membranes during sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth or anus
  • Contact with infected person’s semen or secretions from vagina or anus
  • NOT transmitted through casual contact such as handshakes, hugs or toilet seats
  • Mother can transmit infection to baby during childbirth


  • Sometimes called the silent STD because many people are asymptomatic (show no symptoms)
  • Women and/or those with female genitalia may have pelvic pain, aching or heavy feeling in the pelvic area, heavy or abnormal menstrual bleeding, vaginal discharge, pain with urination and/or pain or bleeding with intercourse. If left untreated, Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) could develop possibly causing fertility problems.
  • Men and/or those with male genitalia may experience penile discharge, pain with urination, scrotal pain and/or pain with ejaculation. If left untreated, may lead to scarring of the urethra or infection of the epididymis.
  • Performing oral sex with an infected partner may result in transmission of chlamydia to or from the throat. Symptoms may include sore throat but is often asymptomatic.


If you feel that you have symptoms or have had a known exposure to an infected partner, schedule an appointment with a provider as soon as possible for testing and treatment. Females should schedule an appointment in the Women’s Health Clinic if symptoms are present so that a pelvic exam can be completed. Males should schedule appointments in the Medical Clinic. Testing may be done through a urine sample and/or a swab. Chlamydia can be easily treated with antibiotics prescribed by a provider. Sexual partners should also be treated to prevent reinfection.


  • Abstinence from ALL sexual activity (Oral, vaginal, anal) is the only 100% way to prevent an STD. STD’s are spread by contact of skin, blood or body fluids. This includes kissing.
  • Condom usage during all sexual encounters for the entire duration of genital contact will reduce the spread of a STD. Condoms are available for men and women as well as dental dams for oral sex.
  • Refrain from using drugs and/or alcohol in sexual situations.

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