Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis. In the United States alone, around four million people are diagnosed with this disease each year. It is very common for adults, but young people, including teenagers, can also get it.
How people spread Chlamydia
Like many other sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia is contracted by having unprotected sex, whether oral, anal, or vaginal. Those that like to engage in sexual intercourse – whether anal, vaginal, or oral - with several different partners are prone to contracting this disease.
Antibiotic treatment of Chlamydia
Those that have been tested positive for Chlamydia are usually prescribed with antibiotics to treat the infection.
Two of the most common antibiotic medication prescribed to Chlamydia patients are doxycycline and azithromycin. They kill off the Chlamydia pathogen that brought the disease. After about two weeks of taking the medication, a patient will begin to recover. At this point, he or she should still not engage in any type of sexual activity until all symptoms are gone.
Medical experts also encourage the patients’ partners to get tested for Chlamydia and undergo the same treatment to be sure that they are not carrying the infection, regardless of whether they are showing visible symptoms or not.
Chlamydia is one of those recurring diseases that can come back and infect you again. To prevent this from happening, always bear in mind the appropriate precautions on the prevention of Chlamydia.