The correct terminology for “chlamydia in your lungs” is Chlamydia Pneumoniae (or C. Pneumoniae). C. Pneumoniae is a bacteria that causes respiratory tract and lung infections. “The Chlamydia family contains a total of 11 species, 3 of which can infect humans: C. Pneumoniae, C. Trachomatis and C. Psittaci. The only ones that can cause infection in the lungs in adults are C. Pneumoniae and C. Psittaci — the latter is less common and from birds,” said Dr. Chug.

“The C. Trachomatis is the most common bacterial cause of sexually transmitted genital infections, or STDs. It does not cause lung infection, but it has been detected in the throat using special tests,” he added.

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