Pediatric and adolescent chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) that impacts both males and females. If left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, and difficulty getting pregnant later in life.
Chlamydia is a commonly occurring STI that can be difficult to diagnose. Not everyone develops symptoms, but chlamydia can still be passed with or without obvious warning signs. If left untreated, females can develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can damage the reproductive system and cause infertility.
Most people with chlamydia will not experience symptoms. If symptoms are present, they will appear one to three weeks after a patient is exposed. Symptoms can include:
Chlamydia is diagnosed with testing done in your health care provider’s office. Sometime doctors can get the information they need for the test from your urine, while others they may have to do a vaginal swab (Q tip).
Chlamydia is an infection caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis that is found in the cervix (the passage forming the lower part of the uterus), throat, urethra (tube that carries urine from the bladder), vagina and rectum.
There are several risk factors that will increase the chance of chlamydia:
Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics that your health care provider can prescribe for you. It is important that the partner(s) of the person infected also get treated with antibiotics.