What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually-transmitted disease caused by a bacterium. It has infected millions of people around the world, regardless of their age, gender, race, etc.
Today, Chlamydia is known as the most commonly diagnosed STD in the world. This may be a sign that people are not that aware of what Chlamydia is and how to battle it despite all the STD awareness programs being launched all over the world.
How is Chlamydia transmitted?
In order to help spread awareness about Chlamydia, it is important to know how it is spread.
There are many ways to transmit Chlamydia. The following are the most common methods of transmission:
- Unprotected anal, vaginal, or oral sex
- Genital contact with a Chlamydia-infected person
- Sharing of sex toys with a Chlamydia-infected person
- Sharing of contaminated needles, syringes, and other paraphernalia with a Chlamydia-infected person
- When sexual fluids of a Chlamydia-infected person come into contact with the eyes
So Chlamydia is primarily passed around through sexual activities. With this fact, it is safe to advise people to always practice safe sex. Use condoms every time you have sex. Avoid having multiple sexual partners because that just increases your risk of getting Chlamydia.
Pregnant women with Chlamydia can also pass the bacteria on to their child during birth. Because of this, it is necessary that a Chlamydia-infected mother gets tested for Chlamydia and undergo treatment for Chlamydia as soon as she can so as to avoid transmitting the disease to her child.
How to diagnose Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is diagnosed through Chlamydia tests. There are many venues where one can get tested for Chlamydia. As soon as you have a suspicion that you have been infected with Chlamydia, you should go see your doctor and ask for help. He or she may conduct a Chlamydia test right away or refer you to a health center where you can get tested for Chlamydia.
Blood tests are usually the way to test for Chlamydia. Once you have been tested and you are positive with Chlamydia, you should undergo treatment right away before the infection causes more damage to your body.
How to treat Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is treated by taking antibiotics. If the right dosage and kind of antibiotic are administered, the chances of getting better and be completely treated are almost a hundred percent.
Two of the most common antibiotics prescribed to Chlamydia patients are doxycycline and azithromycin.