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Chlamydia, which is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia Trachomatis, targets the cells of the mucous membranes including the surfaces of the urethra, as well as the anus and rectum. Although possible, it rarely targets the mouth or throat. Up to 40% of chlamydia infections are asymptomatic, making it difficult to diagnose.
How it's spread
Chlamydia is transmitted through semen, preseminal fluid and vaginal secretions during unprotected anal and oral sex with an infected person. Chlamydia is easily transmitted while engaging in unprotected anal, vaginal or oral sex. Chlamydia is not transmitted through casual contact such as hugging, shaking hands, sharing food, using the same eating utensils, drinking from the same glass, sitting on public toilets, or touching door knobs.
Symptoms may include:
- Discharge from the genitals, which may be yellow or white, watery or thick
- Need to urinate (pee) more often
- Burning or pain when you urinate (pee) or have a bowel movement
- Or a person may not experience any symptoms
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A healthcare provider may prescribe a variety of antibiotics to treat the infection.
Abstinence is the only 100% effective way of preventing Chlamydia. However, if you choose to engage in sexual activities and are unsure if you or your partner is possibly infected, consistent and correct use of condoms can effectively help reduce the risk of transmission.
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