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  1. Chlamydia - What Happens

    Chlamydia does not cause long-term problems if it is treated early. Left untreated, chlamydia can lead to many complications, especially for women.

  2. Chlamydia - When To Call a Doctor

    Call your health professional immediately if you have these chlamydia symptoms: abdominal or scrotal pain and a fever, discharge from the penis or vagina, burning feeling during urination, frequent urination, or inability to urinate.

  3. Chlamydia - Topic Overview

    What is chlamydia? Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is spread by sexual contact. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States.

  4. Chlamydia - Surgery

    Untreated chlamydia can causes complications, such as an abscess. Surgery may be used to drain or remove the abscess.

  5. Chlamydia - Treatment Overview

    Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics. Untreated chlamydia can lead to many complications.

  6. Sexually Transmitted Infection Testing - Topic Overview

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are some of the most widespread infections both in the United States and the world. STIs affect both men and women,and two-thirds of all STIs occur in people younger than 25. Exposure to an STI can occur any time you have sexual contact that involves the genitals,the mouth (oral),or the rectum (anal). Exposure is more likely if you have more than one ...

  7. Treatment for Painful Intercourse in Women

    For a woman, pain during intercourse can have many potential causes. Find out what they are, including what can be done about it.

  8. Syphilis: Gummata - Topic Overview

    Gummata are growths of pink, fleshy tissue that contain syphilis bacteria. They may appear as nodules or ulcers or become masses that are like tumors. Gummata are rare. When they do occur, they range from 1 mm to 1 cm in size. Common sites of gummata include the:Skin, where they cause shallow open sores that heal slowly.Mucous membranes. These gummas may become cancerous.Bones, where they cause destruction of bones and pain that is especially severe at night.Eyes, resulting in visual impairment that may lead to blindness.Respiratory system, where they cause hoarseness, breathing problems, and wheezing.Gastrointestinal system, where they cause stomach pain, inability to eat large meals, belching, and weight loss.Antibiotic treatment cures the syphilis infection and stops the development of gummata. But the scar tissue that forms after successful treatment will probably not go away.

  9. Syphilis - Prevention

    Learn ways to help prevent syphilis infection.

  10. Syphilis: Chancre - Topic Overview

    The first symptom of syphilis is a sore called a chancre (say shanker) that is usually painless. The sore begins at the site of infection as a small, solid, raised skin sore less than 1 cm (0.4 in.) across. It develops into a red, usually painless open sore with a scooped-out appearance. The sore usually does not bleed.Two or more chancres may develop at the same time, usually in the genital area, but sometimes on the hands, mouth, or other body surfaces.Chancres contain millions of syphilis bacteria and are highly contagious.

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