Donate to Chlamydia Research, Patient Care and Education

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by bacteria. However, most people with chlamydia may not even realize they have the infection. If undetected and untreated for a considerable amount of time, chlamydia can cause significant problems, especially in women. Among the most serious potential consequences of untreated chlamydia are premature birth and serious illnesses in babies at birth.

Your donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will help to fund vital initiatives at Northwestern Medicine that focus on: (1) identifying new ways to diagnose and treat chlamydia, (2) raising public awareness of the disease, (3) improving outcomes through early detection, (4) enhancing access to care for low-income patients and (5) offering vital education about chlamydia, as well as resources and support, to patients and community members.

There are a variety of early symptoms of chlamydia. Symptoms in women include:

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rectal pain or discharge
  • Eye infection

Symptoms in men include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Testicular pain
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Rectal pain or discharge
  • Eye infection

The CDC recommends that sexually active women under 25 years of age be screened for chlamydia every year. Screening tests also are recommended for anyone who has new or multiple sex partners, and for pregnant women. Your generous contribution to Northwestern Memorial Foundation will promote the advancement of vital patient care programs for chlamydia, including patient access to early testing. In addition, your donation will provide critical support that will help Northwestern Medicine to reach out to underserved communities with lifesaving education and screenings. 

While the early symptoms of chlamydia may often go unnoticed, some of the long-term effects can be very serious and, in the most severe cases, life-threatening. The members of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Northwestern Medicine provide exceptional patient care, on both an outpatient and an inpatient basis, for chlamydia and other infectious diseases. Our multidisciplinary team comprises physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses, all of whom are dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of people affected by acute and chronic infectious diseases.

Complications of chlamydia include:

  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries
  • Ectopic (tubal) pregnancy, a potentially fatal pregnancy that develops in the fallopian tubes
  • Epididymitis, an inflammation of the tube that carries sperm and causes pain and swelling in the testicles
  • Prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate gland
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Infertility
  • Reiter’s syndrome, or reactive arthritis
  • Premature birth
  • Pneumonia and eye infections in newborns

By supporting Northwestern Medicine with a donation to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you will help to ensure that those who struggle with infectious disease will continue benefit from the most comprehensive and most compassionate care.

Chlamydia Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

Your donation to Northwestern Medicine will support essential chlamydia-related initiatives at Northwestern Medicine. Through your generosity, you will be a part of a significant, multi-faceted effort to combat chlamydia and other infectious diseases through leading-edge research, personalized patient care and community outreach. 

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