Chlamydia are small (1 µm) gram negative bacteria that have unique properties among microbes. They are intracellular obligates, meaning they can only grow inside host cells.
Chlamydia is not just a nuisance
It is a major global public health threat
Chlamydia trachomatis is the most commonly reported disease (U.S.)
Chlamydia is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infection.
Young women are disproportionately at risk for severe outcomes from C. trachomatis infection.
Chlamydia are also responsible for ocular and respiratory infections, and have been linked to atherosclerosis and arthritis.
Who/What gets Chlamydia?
Just to name a few