** This site is dedicated to the topic of Chlamydia pneumoniae, the bacterium that is associated with respiratory infection. (It does not cause sexually transmitted disease. That is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, which is not a focus of this site.)
Information on the disease and its treatment is the primary purpose of this site.
(Note - For in-depth conversation on the topics of Multiple Sclerosis, Lyme, arthritis, gluten intolerance, irritable/inflammatory bowel disease, rosacea, colitis, heart disease, peripheral neuropathy, etc., please also visit and participate in websites that are specifically dedicated to each of those subjects.)
Read the basic information on the site before you post on the discussion board. Most of your questions will already be answered in the Getting Started and Handbook sections of the site. (See the tabs at the top of each page.)
Do not use your actual name as your screen name, unless you are okay with your doctor, your co-workers, your neighbors, your prospective employer, your insurance company, your school, your boss, your banker and your parents being able to access every word you publish here. Remember, this site can be viewed by ANYONE with an internet connection!
Do not post your doctor's information on the discussion board. Unless you have your doctor's EXPLICIT permission, do not post his/her name or identifying information. Many doctors are being limited, or even disciplined, for prescribing antibiotics.
Do not publish your personal email address here; it will be removed. Use private messaging for communication with other members. (You can privately exchange email addresses there, if you choose to.) Use caution giving personal information to anyone you 'meet' on this board; people can pretend to be anyone using the anonymity of the internet.
Never, ever, send money, personal information or items of value to anyone you 'meet' on the internet, including on this site. Scammers abound and they will prey on your sympathy, especially when it comes to distressing medical situations.
A brief introduction of yourself and/or your illness and/or your treatment is helpful to those who will be reading your questions here. It is NOT required, but it will help to put your discussion board comments or questions into perspective for everyone.
Treat others as you would like to be treated when posting here. Biting sarcasm, caustic humor and personal attacks may be acceptable elsewhere, but they are not welcome here. (This is a community of patients, doctors and caregivers. Some patients struggle unbelievably to post here, puffing through a straw to type each letter, or muddling through brain fog that won't let them concentrate for more than a few seconds at a time.) Be kind. In conversation, defend your position with facts, not personal attacks. Maintain civility.
Internet links, without any explanation of what they are about, will be removed. If it's important nough to post the link, it's important enough to explain why you posted it. Also, don't click on a link that isn't explained -- it could be a link to malware, or a site with a computer virus.
Duplicate posts will be removed from the discussion board without notice.
Cpnhelp does not advocate or promote obtaining medications in any manner other than through proper, legal channels. Any discussion contrary to this statement may be removed from the site at any time, without notification to the poster.
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