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Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.

Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. In 2006, 1,030,911 chlamydial infections were reported to CDC from 50 states and the District of Columbia. Under-reporting is substantial because most people with chlamydia are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing. Also, testing is not often done if patients are treated for their symptoms. An estimated 2,291,000 non-institutionalized U.S. civilians ages 14-39 are infected with Chlamydia based on the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Women are frequently re-infected if their sex partners are not treated.
Women with undiagnosed STIs may be at greater risk of negative premenstrual symptoms

Women with undiagnosed STIs may be at greater risk of negative premenstrual symptoms

Researchers find new way to differentiate between active and inactive viruses

Researchers find new way to differentiate between active and inactive viruses

Must-reads of the week from Brianna Labuskes

Must-reads of the week from Brianna Labuskes

New Euro-GASP program monitors continued effectiveness of treatment regimen for gonorrhea

New Euro-GASP program monitors continued effectiveness of treatment regimen for gonorrhea

STD rates are skyrocketing in USA

STD rates are skyrocketing in USA

Researchers develop new way of testing bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Researchers develop new way of testing bacterial resistance to antibiotics

Condoms should not be reused warns CDC

Condoms should not be reused warns CDC

Pelvic exams do not improve physician's ability to diagnose STDs in adolescent female patients

Pelvic exams do not improve physician's ability to diagnose STDs in adolescent female patients

Novel online HIV prevention program reduces sexually transmitted infections in gay young men

Novel online HIV prevention program reduces sexually transmitted infections in gay young men

The ‘perfect storm’: Redirecting family planning funds could undercut STD fight

The ‘perfect storm’: Redirecting family planning funds could undercut STD fight

Syphilis and gonorrhea on the rise in England

Syphilis and gonorrhea on the rise in England

California’s deadly STD epidemic sets record

California’s deadly STD epidemic sets record

New survey highlights need for BV awareness and education to ensure proper care

New survey highlights need for BV awareness and education to ensure proper care

Super-gonorrhea bug infects UK man

Super-gonorrhea bug infects UK man

World’s most common curable STI disproportionately affects black community, study finds

World’s most common curable STI disproportionately affects black community, study finds

'Treatment as prevention' method can limit HIV transmission, perspective suggests

'Treatment as prevention' method can limit HIV transmission, perspective suggests

Scientists unravel immune cascade that drives tissue damage, complications in chlamydia infections

Scientists unravel immune cascade that drives tissue damage, complications in chlamydia infections

Exposing the gut to chlamydia protects against subsequent genital tract infections

Exposing the gut to chlamydia protects against subsequent genital tract infections

UK study finds that e-STI testing nearly doubles testing uptake

UK study finds that e-STI testing nearly doubles testing uptake

HPV vaccine shows long-term safety and efficacy in protecting against most virulent strains

HPV vaccine shows long-term safety and efficacy in protecting against most virulent strains