Chlamydia is an STD that can easily be transmitted. The problem of chlamydia is a persistent one because it has a reputation for being spread very easily and rapidly. This is because many times infected individuals do not even know that they have it. This is because many times the disease does not manifest itself with noticeable symptoms. This makes prevention, testing, and treatment of chlamydia even more imperative.
What is an STD?
An STD stands for a Sexually Transmitted Disease. It is also sometimes referred to as an STI or a Sexually Transmitted Illness. Both refer to diseases and conditions that are spread through unprotected sex with an infected individual.
Some facts about Chlamydia with women.
If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to a host of complications. It can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. This is basically infection in the pelvis, fallopian tubes and/or uterus. Pregnant women who have chlamydia can also pass it on to their unborn children. It can also lead to fertilized eggs developing in the fallopian tubes instead of the uterus where it should naturally develop. This is what is termed as an ectopic pregnancy and can be fatal unless immediate surgery is performed. Also even if the pregnancy continues and is still delivered normally, the child may still suffer various infections if he or she has been infected with chlamydia.
Some facts about Chlamydia with men.
In men it can lead to swollen and painful testicles. It can also lead to infection of the prostate gland. This is referred to Prostatitis. In both cases untreated chlamydia can lead to infertility in both men and women.
Common symptoms of Chlamydia
The common symptoms of chlamydia are similar to both men and women. Both can experience painful and unnatural discharges from the penis or vagina. Both also report painful and burning sensations during urinating. Unfortunately, these symptoms often do not manifest themselves with both parties. Often there are actually no symptoms and this is where the disease’s silent reputation comes from.
Signs of being at risk of infection of chlamydia
If you have had multiple partners within a short span of time or around 12 months, you are at risk. If you have had unprotected sex without using a condom, you are also at risk. If you are sexually active and under 30 years old you are also at risk. Gays and bisexuals are also at risk.
Other facts about Chlamydia
Having Chlamydia actually increases your risk of also acquiring HIV. Testing for chlamydia is surprisingly simple, painless and effective. With such risks and the simplicity and painlessness of testing, testing is greatly recommended.
The treatment of chlamydia will usually involve a high dosage of antibiotics by your physician. During treatment it is not advised to drink as the alcohol will interfere with treatment. With the right attitudes and awareness, chlamydia does not have to be a threatening disease. It can be prevented with the right steps and attitude. Education and action are the key.