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Health Information For Teens
Chlamydia (pronounced: kluh-MID-ee-uh) is a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
STDs (also called sexually transmitted infections or STIs) are infections that spread through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal). Some STDs can spread through close contact with the genitals or body fluids.
Chlamydia spreads through sex (vaginal, oral, or anal) with someone who has the infection.
Someone with chlamydia may have:
Many people with chlamydia have no symptoms. They can spread the infection to others without knowing it.
A type of
, Chlamydia trachomatis, causes chlamydia.
To find out if someone has chlamydia, health care providers do tests on:
Health care providers treat chlamydia with
. All sexual partners from the past 2 months need treatment too, even if they don’t have signs of chlamydia.
You should not have sex again until:
People can get chlamydia again if:
If it’s not treated, chlamydia can lead to:
The only way to prevent chlamydia and other STDs is to not have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal). If someone decides to have sex, using a latex condom every time can prevent most STDs.
Anyone who is sexually active should get tested for STDs every year (or more often if recommended by their health care provider).
You’ve probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.
You know you should talk about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) before the action starts. But what if the thought of having “the talk” makes you nervous? These tips can help.
Condoms may be a good birth control option for couples who are responsible enough to use one each time and people who want protection against STDs.
Some people – even those who are having sex – are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.
People who have STDs might feel apprehensive about discussing their disease with a partner. Here are some tips on talking to a partner when you have an STD.
Before you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.
Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.
Pelvic inflammatory disease, sometimes called PID, is an infection of the fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, or ovaries. Learn how to protect yourself.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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