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Signs and Symptoms|
Symptoms appear 7 - 21 days after the infection is contracted. Most women and some men have no symptoms. Women might notice discharge from the vagina, bleeding from the vagina between periods, burning or pain when you urinate, and/or pain in the abdomen, sometimes with fever and nausea. Men might notice a watery, white drip from the penis, and/or burning or pain when you urinate.
Ways To Contract
Chlamydia is spread during sexual intercourse, oral sex, or anal sex with an infected partner.
Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In 2002, 834,555 chlamydial infections were reported to CDC from 50 states and the District of Columbia. An estimated 2.8 million Americans are infected with chlamydia each year.
(information taken from www.cdc.gov)
Left untreated, Chlamydia can cause infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease, chronic pelvic pain, and a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy, which is when a fertilized egg implants itself outside of the uterus, e.g. the fallopian tubes. Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics.