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“The Clam” Refers to Chlamydia

So far in our journey through STD slang we’ve talked about “The Clap” and “Crabs.” Today we’ll uncover another STD slang term commonly used, “The Clam.” Yep, we’re talking about chlamydia again.


Heard of "The Clam?" Realize it can refer to chlamydia?

What is Chlamydia?

If you need another refresher on this STD, take notes. In addition to “The Clam,” it’s also been called the “Silent” STD. That’s because many times those with chlamydia have no idea they’ve been infected. Symptoms go rogue and leave no indication that anything is wrong … that is until a guy or gal tries to start a family and faces infertility or sterility because of untreated STDs.

Here’s a quick refresher on chlamydia:

  • Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs.
  • Chlamydia is caused by a type of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.
  • It can infect the urethra, rectum and eyes in men and women, as well as the cervix in women.
  • Chlamydia is spread via vaginal, anal or oral sex.
  • It can be spread from eye to eye simply by touch, sharing towels or makeup, and by coughing or sneezing.
  • Chlamydia can also be passed to an infant during childbirth.
  • Some symptoms could include:  abnormal vaginal bleeding or discharge, abdominal pain, pain during sex, fever, pain during urination, or the urge to urinate more frequently.

Treating Chlamydia

If there is a “great” thing about an STD, it’s that the infection is treatable. Luckily, chlamydia CAN be treated by antibiotics. Many times those with chlamydia are also infected with gonorrhea – treatment for both STDs may be performed at the same time. If you’re sexually active (especially with multiple partners or not using a condom), you’re highly encouraged to be tested for chlamydia at least once/year because of its prevalence and detrimental effects if it goes untreated.

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