Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can be transmitted during sex. Men do not have to ejaculate to spread the infection. It is not possible to become infected by touching an object (e.g., toilet seat).

Some people with Chlamydia have no symptoms. Some women have pain in the pelvis or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Men with Chlamydia can have pain during urination or discharge from the penis. Some men have no symptoms.

Chlamydia can be easily identified with testing.

Untreated Chlamydia can lead to a serious complication in women, called pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can lead to infertility (trouble becoming pregnant) and other serious health problems. A medication is needed to cure the infection. Anyone who is infected or who has had sex with someone who is infected should be treated. The person should not have sex until one week after treatment.

A latex condom can reduce the risk of Chlamydia. Testing for infections like Chlamydia is recommended before having sex with a new partner. Do not have sex if either person has discharge from the penis or vagina, pain with urination, or a genital rash or sore.

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