Many studies and research have shown that among all the sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs recorded in the United Kingdom every year, about a third of those are Chlamydia cases. 


In the United States, at least one million reports of Chlamydia are documented each year, making it the most widespread bacterial STD in the country. 

 

 


Health organizations and departments are keeping track of the boost in the number of Chlamydia cases, but there believe that there are still more than two million reports that are not diagnosed and tested.


Transmission


There are different ways to spread Chlamydia:


– from a mother to her baby

- from one person to another by performing unprotected sex (anal, oral, or vaginal)


Risk factors


People who have multiple sex partners are more likely to get Chlamydia.


Those that do not use protection when having sex are prone to contracting this STD, as well.


Males and females who forego Chlamydia testing are putting themselves at risk for this STD.


Symptoms


In females, a burning sensation when urinating can be experienced if they have Chlamydia. There is also light bleeding, lumpy discharges, and painful sexual intercourse. Other common signs include fever, abdominal and lower back pains and aches.
In males, the burning sensation is also typical. There will also be pain or inflammation in the testicular region.


Complications


As soon as the Chlamydia bacteria find their way into the cervix of females, they spread out to the other parts of the female reproductive system. At times, they can infect the rectum. 


It is essential to find time to take a Chlamydia test to avoid severe complications. 


Failure to treat Chlamydia right away could lead to permanent scars in the cervix, fallopian tubes, and uterus. It can also lead to PID or pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility.