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Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage the reproductive organs in both men and women. Chlamydia can be treated and cured, but if not caught early enough, may cause permanent damage, including infertility (lack of being able to have a child).

Symptoms of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is often known as a ‘silent’ disease because approximately 75% of infected women and 50% of infected men show no symptoms. Symptoms of chlamydia are typically mild, if they appear at all.

When they do occur, symptoms of chlamydia show up about 1-3 weeks after being infected and include pain when urinating and fluid dripping from the vagina or penis.

If You Are Diagnosed with Chlamydia

Inform any recent sex partners that you have chlamydia so they can be tested and treated.

Chlamydia can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Finish all of the medicine prescribed to you by your health care provider even if you begin to feel better so that the infection does not recur.

If you do not treat your chlamydia, you may develop an infection that can cause sterility (pelvic inflammatory disease in female patients and epididymitis in males). If you are being treated, do not have sex until your medical treatment with antibiotics is completed.

Preventing Chlamydia

You can prevent getting chlamydia by avoiding sexual contact or being in a long-term, monogamous relationship with just one person who has been tested and is known to be uninfected. When in a relationship, use condoms correctly with a spermicidal jelly or foam.

Chlamydia screening is recommended each year for all sexually active women 25 years of age and younger. A yearly screening test is also recommended for older women with risk factors for chlamydia (a new sex partner or multiple sex partners). All pregnant women should have a screening test for chlamydia.

Miami urologist Dr. Marvin Bondhus sees and treats patients with chlamydia from throughout Miami-Dade County. For a consultation, call (305) 661-9692 or use our secure online appointment request form.