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Chlamydia

Chlamydia are intracellular parasites that have many of the same physical characteristics
of viruses. They cause inflammation of the urethra, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian
tubes, anus, ovaries and epididymis. This is a common sexually transmitted disease among
young adults and teenagers. About 75% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia have now
signs of infection. Symptoms of this disease are vaginal discharge, urethral discharge,
anal swelling, pain or discharge, reddening of the vagina or tip of the penis, abdominal
pain, fever, discomfort on urinating, genital discomfort or pain. The risk of contracting
this disease increases with unprotected sexual activity, sexual activity with multiple
partners, and the use of oral contraceptives or an intrauterine device.

Infection with chlamydia can also lead to other health problems such as: sterility in
female, infecting one’s sexual partner, secondary bacterial infections in pelvic
organs, genitals or rectum., pelvic inflammatory disease, liver infection, reiter’s
syndrome. Chlamydia can also cause early labor and delivery and can be passed from mother
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