Like many other types of sexually-transmitted diseases, Chlamydia is contracted by having unprotected sex. People who engage in sexual intercourse – whether anal, vaginal, or oral - without using protection, and/or with multiple partners, are prone to getting the bacterial infection.
Chlamydia is a sexually-transmitted disease caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis. Studies show that in the United States alone, four million people are diagnosed with it every year. It is more prevalent among adults, but teenagers and young adults can also get infected with it.
Initial symptoms in females
In females, once the bacteria find their way into the cervix, they spread out to the other parts of the reproductive system, such as the fallopian tubes. Sometimes, they will find their way to the anus or rectum. If a female fails to get tested and receive treatment of the STD, it may lead to permanent scars in the cervix, fallopian tubes, and uterus. It will also cause PID or pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility.
Initial symptoms in Men
In males, the initial symptoms include fever, sore throat, and painful urination. If they engaged in unprotected anal sex, a burning sensation in the anus or rectum will be experienced. Bleeding and odd genital discharge may also occur.
Testing for Chlamydia early on
If you are experiencing these symptoms or if you are sexually active, make sure that you undergo a Chlamydia test. You can use a rapid Chlamydia test kit to be able to test on your own, at home, and get test results in about 15 to 20 minutes.
Chlamydia is a recurring condition, meaning it can come back and infect the person again in the future. To prevent this from happening, remember to obey and observe all the precautions about the disease and always use protection.