An individual can be infected with Chlamydia in several ways. This particular sexually-transmitted disease can be passed on from one person to another through anal, vaginal, and oral sex. An infected pregnant woman can give it to her child during vaginal birth.
A person is more likely to contract Chlamydia if he or she is being involved with multiple partners. Nobody is spared from this disease --- males, females, gays, and lesbians are all equally at risk. The one sure thing to do to avoid getting infected with it is through abstinence.
Statistics reveal that 66% of those with Chlamydia are not aware that they have the disease. Why is this so? Because Chlamydia does not always show visible symptoms. It is harmful to the female reproductive system and can lead to infertility. If you suspect that you might have it, go to your doctor. If you know somebody who might have it, advise them to go to a doctor as soon as possible.
For many years, medical experts spent a lot of time and resources searching for ways to effectively and accurately diagnose and test Chlamydia.
The Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests or NAAT is the most widely-used and foolproof testing method that doctors use today. It looks at the DNA of the patient very closely to detect accurately what is going in the patient’s body. It uses very high-tech tools and equipment that can observe microorganisms not visible with the naked eye.
Another method used for Chlamydia testing is the direct fluorescent antibody stain. It works by hunting for the Chlamydia antigens, substances that trigger the release of antibodies that neutralize and kill them.
The method called DNA probe is also one of the more popular ones. It finds traces of the Chlamydia DNA in the body. However, it is not as sensitive as the NAAT.
There are also home test kits available in many drug stores and health clinics today. They are used to find out if you are infected with Chlamydia, at your home, in your own private time. It is not as efficient as the other techniques, but it is good enough to warn you if you indeed have the disease or not.
Once you receive your test results, be ready for your next course of action. Getting a negative means you do not have the infection. But as a precaution, try your best to maintain a healthy lifestyle here on out. On the other hand, if you get a positive test result, talk to your doctor and listen to what he or she wants you to do next. The Chlamydia treatment process will start with you taking antibiotics until all symptoms and traces of it are gone.
Undiagnosed and untreated Chlamydia is very dangerous. It makes an individual prone to getting infected with other STDs, and HIV. Both men and women are susceptible to it. Everybody should be mindful of their health.