Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious health problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, which can cause infertility and chronic pelvic pain. In men, chlamydia can lead to epididymitis, which is a painful condition that can affect fertility.
In addition, chlamydia can also increase the risk of contracting or transmitting HIV if exposed to the virus. It is important to note that chlamydia can often be asymptomatic, meaning that individuals may not experience any symptoms, but can still transmit the infection to others.
Fortunately, chlamydia is treatable with antibiotics, and early detection and treatment can help prevent these serious complications. It is important to practice safe sex and get regular STI screenings to prevent the spread of chlamydia and other STIs.