The Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium is the bacterium that causes chlamydia infection in the genital area of your body. That kind of infection is very common in Australia, for example, but generally speaking, the infection caused by this bacterium is notable and people get infected by it very often. Genital chlamydia is often transmitted through a sexual discourse without using protection.
Symptoms Of Genital Chlamydia
Both men and women can get infected, and most women and men alike do not notice the symptoms long after they get infected because it is not easy to spot them in the first place, as they most likely occur only after two to three weeks of the infection. Also, the chances of getting HIV, if you get infected with genital chlamydia, are way higher, especially if you are exposed to it in some way. Genital chlamydia can also cause conjunctivitis, and in some cases joint pain. Your body does not develop immunity to the infection, unfortunately, so you can get infected over and over again, numerous times, if you are not careful, and if you are practicing unsafe sex. Genital chlamydia can cause urethritis in men, which is a painful infection of the urinary canal, and one can recognize it by having a discharge from the penis, or severe pain in the testicular tubes. In case of women, the most common part of their body that gets infected is the cervix, the opening of the uterus, and the infection can spread from there to the tubes that lead from ovaries to the uterus, causing PID (pelvic inflammatory disease). This disease, as well as the genital chlamydia, also shows no symptoms, and if you don’t start your treatment in time, things can get complicated and result in horrible consequences.
Diagnosis Of Genital Chlamydia
Genital chlamydia can be best diagnosed with proper examination and polymerase chain reaction testing when the doctor takes a sample of your cervical or urethral discharge, and your urine as well, but it can’t be seen from the blood test. The incubation period lasts between one to three weeks. The infectious period is still unknown, but there is an assumption that it can last for weeks before the disease gets discovered and treated.
Treatment And Prevention Of Genital Chlamydia
After consulting your doctor, you will get an antibiotic treatment that will be effective in the fight with this infection, but if, for example, a person becomes infertile because of the genital chlamydia infection, the treatment is not going to be simple at all. To prevent getting infected with genital chlamydia, practice safe sex, use condoms, try not to have too many different sexual partners. Also, if you get infected, you should know that there is no sex or any kind of sexual activity for you until the treatment is over, both for you and your partner. You have to perform a check-up test to see if the treatment was effective, and you should contact all your sexual partners, to warn them, so that they can get tested.