Chlamydia is the most common STI on college campuses, in the USA, and worldwide. It can be easily treated with antibiotics, but individuals are often unaware they have Chlamydia due to lack of symptoms. Left untreated, Chlamydia can lead to long term and irreversible consequences such as infertility and ectopic pregnancies.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
One in four college students has a sexually transmitted infection (STI) - this may be higher than you expected. STIs are infections transmitted by intimate sexual contact. Moreover, 80% of individuals with an STI experience no noticeable symptoms, so you or your partner could be transmitting an infection without even knowing it! Although treatment is available for all STIs, not all are curable. General signs of STI's include: sores/blisters, rash, penile or vaginal discharge, painful urination, abdominal pain, or even none at all. The following webpages were designed to provide basic information on the most common and serious STIs. There is also a listing of where to get tested for STIs in the Lexington area, safer sex practices, and other resources.
This STI information was developed by Bio 255 Reproductive Physiology Class, Fall 2010