The most common STD and a common cause of sterility! About one in every 10 teenage girls has it! It's an infection of a bacteria-like organism called chlamydia trachomatis. If left untreated in women, chlamydia can infect the cervix, cause scarring of the fallopian tubes, cause sterility and lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. It can also be passed to an infant in the form of an eye infection or pneumonia. If left untreated in men, it can infect the urethra, spermatic cord, epididymis and prostate and cause sterility.
Sexually active teenagers ages 15 to 19
75% of Chlamydia carriers exhibit no symptoms at all. If symptoms do occur, they'll show up 2 to 3 weeks after exposure.
A vaginal discharge coming from the cervix, which might be difficult to differentiate from a normal vaginal discharge. If you notice mild bleeding after a gynecology exam or sex and are sexually active, consult your physician.
Women usually don't exhibit symptoms and thus aren't aware they have it, unless they ask their doctor to check for it.