Chlamydia is a bacterial sexually transmitted infection.It manifests primarily as a watery discharge in males. In females, it usually manifests as vaginal discharge or intermenstrual vaginal bleeding.
A pregnant woman can also pass it to her child during childbirth. Chlamydia can recur when unprotected sex is done with someone infected.
Chlamydia can be transmitted during oral, vaginal or anal sex with someone who is infected with it.
Chlamydia doesn't usually cause symptoms, and some people may not realize having it. Although for some women, symptoms may include:
For some men, the symptoms may include:
Laboratory tests can be performed to diagnose chlamydia. Urine samples may be collected to diagnose the infection. For women, a cotton swab may be used to obtain a vaginal sample to test for chlamydia.
Preventing vaginal, anal or oral sex is the best prevention, but the correct use of latex condoms can help reduce, although not entirely eliminate, the risk of getting infected.