Chlamydia trachomatis is the bacterium that causes chlamydia and trachoma, an eye disease.
The bacterium is found in infected body fluids from the penis or vagina and spread by direct sexual contact.
If a woman has chlamydia and is not treated, she may get a serious infection in her reproductive organs, making it difficult for her to have children.
The eyes, ears, and lungs of babies can get infected if the mother has chlamydia at the time of childbirth. This type of lung infection in babies can be very serious.
Symptoms of chlamydia start 7 to 30 days after sexual contact with an infected person.
Since the symptoms of chlamydia and gonorrhea are similar and both diseases can occur at the same time, everyone treated for gonorrhea should also be treated for chlamydia.
If you think you or your partners have chlamydia, do not have sex until you see your doctor If you have chlamydia, tell your partners so that they can be treated Do not have sex until both you and your partners have finished antibiotic treatment.
MD Department of Health & Mental Hygiene – Epidemiology & Disease Control Program