Monday, December 22, 2014

Chlamydia

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Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a person ever recognizes a problem.

If untreated, chlamydial infections can progress to serious reproductive and other health problems with both short-term and long-term consequences. Because the cervix (opening to the uterus) of teenage girls and young women is not fully matured, they are at particularly high risk for infection if sexually active. Screening at least annually for chlamydia is recommended for all sexually active women age 25 years and younger. An annual screening test also is recommended for older women with risk factors for chlamydia.

Symptoms

Women

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Burning or painful urination
  • Abdominal pain, sometimes accompanied by fever and nausea

Men

  • Watery, whitish discharge from the penis
  • Burning or painful urination
  • Swollen or tender testicles

How is it spread?
Vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected individual

Treatment
Chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics prescribed by a health care provider.

If left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to more serious infections. It can damage the reproductive organs and may cause infertility. A mother with chlamydia can give it to her baby during childbirth.

More information http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/default.htm

Where to Get Free Condoms

Chatham Social Health Council Office
401B N. Ivey Ave, Siler City (919) 742-3762

Chatham County Public Health Department
80 East St. Pittsboro, NC (919) 542-8214
1000 S. Tenth Ave. Siler City (919) 742-7496

The Council thanks the many businesses who allow us to stock educational and safety materials in their establishments

Mobile Sound Station
117 N. Second Ave Siler City

Services for Alcohol & Substance Abuse (SASA)
514 E. Third Street Suite A Siler City

Phil's Barber Shop
702 E. 11th St Siler City

Cuts N' Curls
704 E. 11th St. Siler City

Cosmotique Beauty Salon
913 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Siler City

Klassy Kutz
23 Rectory St. Pittsboro

Jackie's Beauty Shop
111 Alston Bridge Rd. Siler City

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