What is Chlamydia?
It is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects many people all around the world.It is also one of the most common STD around the world. Most people who contract the condition report no symptoms.Chlamydia is considered to be a silent killer because often times there are not signs or symptoms. In the U. S., 75 percent of women and 50 percent of men report no symptoms at the time of diagnosis. It can also affect other areas of the body beside sexual organs, such as the eyes and the internal organs.
What are the statistics?
African countries have higher death rates from the condition.
According to many research studies, Chlamydia is responsible for up to 15 percent of the cases of blindness in the world in 1995.
How is Chlamydia transmitted?
Anyone can get the condition if they are sexually active. Since this is a sexually transmitted disease, it can be transmitted through vaginal oral, or anal sex. The more partners, the greater the risk of contracting the condition. Younger women are at greater risk for the STD because their cervix is less developed and more susceptible to becoming infected, if they are sexually active. Men who have sex with other men are also at risk for the disease.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
In women, the bacterium infects the cervix and the anal canal, which can cause burning urination or abnormal vaginal discharge. It can also cause abdominal pain and pain during intercourse. For men, there might be discharge from the penis or burning sensation while urinating.
In both men and women it has been shown to cause blindness if left untreated.
What happens if left untreated?
If it's left untreated, it may have serious negative effects on your health. It has been proven the females who have had chlamydia are up to five times more likely to contract HIV. Chlamydia can also cause infertility in women. Although, complications among males are not typical, it may cause sterility. The longer it is left untreated, the greater the risk of suffering from complications from the disease. Get tested and screened for it at least once a year so that it will not affect you.
How is Chlamydia tested?
Testing for the disease is often simple. You can be tested with a simple urine test. Sometimes, it may require a sample from the penis or cervix.You should know that a negative test does not necessarily mean that you do not have it. If the symptoms keep occurring talk to your doctor.
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Once diagnosed, Chlamydia can be treated and cured through antibiotics such as azithromycin.
The best way to prevent the condition is to abstain from sexual intercourse of any form or to remain in a long term monogamous relationship with someone you know does not suffer from the condition.
Condoms used consistently and properly is also a good way to prevent it. For women 25 and younger, testing should be conducted on a yearly basis.
Screening for the disease should be done if you have had it before because you are more susceptible to contracting it again.
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*Common misspellings of chlamydia are: clamidia, clamydia, clymidia, chlymidia, chlamidia, clymidea