STD Information: Chlamydia

Chlamydia is caused by bacteria transmitted to the vagina or rectum by contact with infected genital fluids.  Chlamydia can infect the cervix, rectum or urethra (the passage through which urine exits the body) in women.

  • Symptoms: usually none. Sometimes slightly increased vaginal discharge, spotting, burning with urination, abnormal bleeding (especially after penetration).
    Transmission WTW: theoretically possible but not yet studied. 
  • Treatment: oral antibiotics.(Azithromycin, Doxycycline.  Pregnant women: Amoxicillin or erythromycin)  All partners should be treated. 

Please note that for the purpose of our web siteS we are focusing primarily on woman to woman transmission (WTW) and only providing a general overview of the infections themselves. You may want to check out our Bibliography and Links sections for more in depth information or contact us with specific questions through STD Q&A's.