Chlamydia: Overview

Chlamydia is a bacteria, best known for causing a type of sexually transmitted disease. However, chlamydia bacteria can also cause other infections (e.g. urinary tract infections, eye infections, pneumonia). Chlamydia is often an insidious disease causing absent or minor symptoms, allowing it to remain undiagnosed in many patients, during which time they may spread it and develop complications. If symptoms appear, they include penile discharge and painful urination in men. In women, symptoms may include vaginal discharge, abdominal pain, back pain, menstrual pain, painful sexual intercourse, and abnormal vaginal bleeding (between periods, after sex). Undiagnosed chlamydia is a major cause of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which can cause infertility and various other complications in women. Diagnosis is by symptoms, swab culture, and blood tests. Differential diagnosis includes various other STDs (e.g. gonorrhea). Treatment is mainly by antibiotics with diagnosis and treatment of any additional complications.

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