Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis, which can damage a woman's reproductive organs. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man.
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For more information on chlamydia, including signs, symptoms, complications, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, visit the Sexually Transmitted Diseases page at the CDC.
2008 Chlamydia Prevalence Monitoring Project Annual Report (CDC)
Additional data on STD rates by age, gender, and geographic location are found in CDC's annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report.