CHLAMYDIA (bacterial)

StreetName: Also known as The Silent Disease.

You are at risk if…                    

Unprotected sex
Association of sex and alcohol
Multiple sex partners
History of previous STIs
HIV positive

Spread: Seminal and vaginal fluids through oral, anal and vaginal sex
Signs:  Him: none; burning with urination; white urethral discharge
Scrotal swelling; fever
Her: none (75% of those infected have no symptoms yet are still contagious)
Vaginal discharge; bleeding after intercourse; uterine infection; tubal infection; lower abdominal pain
Results:             Her: if left untreated, 20-40% may develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). This can lead to: infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and tubal pregnancy.
Him: result is scrotal pain; risk of sterility
Increased risk of contracting HIV
Now What?! Treatable with antibiotics (both sexual partners must take!) Curable by 95%. If no treatment is received, there is a 30% of infertility. Greatest risk is for women.
See your doctor and get tested. You should get checked after each new sexual partner. Talk to your partner about past sexual history and exposure.

Prevention: Avoid sexual activity if you are single. Be faithful to one uninfected partner for the rest of your life.