What is Chlamydia trachomatis?

Chlamydia trachomatis is a type of bacteria of the genus Chlamydia that is usually a rod or coccoid shaped. It is the cause of the sexually-transmitted disease called Chlamydia.

How is it detected?

There are a variety of tests that can be conducted to detect the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. Here are the most common ones:

DFA or Direct Fluorescent Antibody test - A type of probe test that looks for the Chlamydia DNA.

NAAT or Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests - A series of tests that looks for the genetic material of the Chlamydia bacteria in a sample. It is said to be the most sensitive and most accurate of all the Chlamydia testing methods. It requires a blood, swab, or urine sample of a patient.

DNA Probe test or Nucleic Acid Hybridization tests - It is a reliable testing method that also searches for traces of Chlamydia DNA.

How is Chlamydia trachomatis killed or treated?

The best way to treat is by antibiotics. There are different types of antibiotics that have been proven to be effective, such as tetracyclines, erythromycin, and azithromycin.

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