An STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) is an infection that does not show any physical signs or symptoms.
It is contracted from another infected person through sexual activity.
Chlamydia is a common STI caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis.
It can cause permanent and lasting damage to a woman’s reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries) if left untreated.
Men may experience symptoms such as: burning sensation while urinating, white, yellow or green discharge from the penis, and sometimes pain and swelling in the testicles.
While pregnancy is something to be very concerned about, sexually transmitted infections are equally, if not more, worrisome.
Chlamydia can also be found in the throats of women and men who have oral sex with an infected partner .
Not all people who contract gonorrhea experience symptoms, but an infection can cause serious complications.
Whether you are considering sexual activity, or you have already had sex, there are risks for pregnancy and STIs even when using birth control or condoms.
The only sure way to avoid getting an STI or to prevent pregnancy is to practice abstinence.
When you are sexually active, pregnancy is usually the greatest concern.