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Chlamydia is a bacterium that causes one of the most common sexually transmitted infections or STDs in people worldwide. About four million cases of Chlamydia occur in the United States alone each year.

Chlamydia infection is very common among young adults and teenagers. is the problem is that many people do not know they have chlamydia, because although they are infected, they may not have any symptoms. About 75% of the infected women and half of the infected men have no symptoms of chlamydia. Chlamydia trachomatis is a major infectious cause of human eye and genital disease. Chlamydia infection of the eye is the most common cause of preventable blindness in the world. Sometimes Chlamydia can be confused with gonorrhea because they have similar symptoms and can have similar complications if not treated.

Incidence

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. The disease affects both men and women and occurs in all age groups, though it's most prevalent among teenagers.

How do you get chlamydia?

Sexually active women and men can get chlamydia through sexual contact with an infected person. Chlamydia can be passed during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It represents a great danger because there are often no symptoms and people who are infected may unknowingly pass chlamydia to their sex partners. Not only that but an infected mother can also pass chlamydia to her baby during childbirth. Babies born to infected mothers can get pneumonia or infections in their eyes, also called conjunctivitis.

There are no particular risk groups but the more sex partners a person has, the greater the risk of getting infected with chlamydia.

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