STI: Gonorrhoea, Herpes Chlamydia and Syphilis could lead to blindness, warns expert

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Chlamydia

This is also true for other bacterial STIs, such as chlamydia, which can cause trachoma – an infection that affects the eyes.

“If left untreated, trachoma, a hygiene-related disease, can lead to partial vision loss or blindness,” added Mr Roshni.

Though rare, gonorrhoea can occasionally affect the eyes too, causing discharge that appears yellow or green.

The STI, which used to be dubbed “the clap”, is caused by bacteria found in discharge from the penis and vaginal fluid.

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