Chlamydia infection

Genital chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium. Sexually active young people are most at risk of chlamydia, and women below 24 years of age have the highest number of infections in Europe.

The EU and EEA/EFTA countries are expected to report genital chlamydia infections to ECDC. Chlamydia disease surveillance shows that the number of Chlamydia infections is increasing in Europe:  there are now more than 250 000 new cases reported each year. Many Chlamydia infections do not produce symptoms, and the growing number of reported cases is likely to be the result of increased awareness about the disease and intensified testing.

Chlamydia trachomatis infections can cause long-term complications in women even when they do not produce symptoms of acute disease. The most common complications are pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and salpingitis, conditions that can lead to infertility and extra-uterine pregnancies. This risk of long-term reproductive health problems associated with C. trachomatis infections has lead some European countries to routinely offer testing for chlamydia to sexually active young people in an attempt to reduce the spread of the disease. Read more in the factsheet

Latest outputs

Publication

Chlamydia infection - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

Surveillance report -

Publication

Lymphogranuloma venereum - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

Surveillance report -

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Substantial underdiagnosis of lymphogranuloma venereum in men who have sex with men in Europe: Preliminary findings from a multicentre surveillance pilot

Mar 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

HIV among women in the WHO European Region - epidemiological trends and predictors of late diagnosis, 2009-2018

Nov 2019

Publication

Developing a national strategy for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections

Technical report -

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Substantial underdiagnosis of lymphogranuloma venereum in men who have sex with men in Europe: Preliminary findings from a multicentre surveillance pilot

Mar 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

HIV among women in the WHO European Region - epidemiological trends and predictors of late diagnosis, 2009-2018

Nov 2019

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Substantial underdiagnosis of lymphogranuloma venereum in men who have sex with men in Europe: Preliminary findings from a multicentre surveillance pilot

Jan 2019

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV) in men who have sex with men (MSM): A re-emerging problem, Malta, 2018

Oct 2018

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Genetic spatiotemporal anatomy of plasmodium vivax malaria episodes in Greece, 2009–2013

Mar 2018

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