A sexually transmitted infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
5 Facts You Should Know
- It’s in the Young
1 in 15 sexually active girls under the age of 19 has an active chlamydia infection at any given time.
- There’s a Racial Component
African-Americans are 5 times more likely to have chlamydia than Caucasians. Men who have a same sex preference also typically see higher infection rates of this disease.
- It can be Persistent
Chlamydia has been known to stay active in children who are born with it for 1 year or longer.
- Anyone can get It
If you are sexually active, then it is possible for you to contract chlamydia. It is especially problematic in the United States because American young people tend to have rapid, sexually active relationships.
- It is Silent
As few as 5% of women with an active chlamydia infection actually experience symptoms. About 10% of men also experience symptoms. It can be several weeks after exposure for symptoms to occur – if they occur at all.