There are several sexually transmitted infections contracted from males to females, females to males or homosexual and bisexual partners. In effect, all it takes to transmit this bacteria is a simple contact with the genitals – be it penile, vaginal, anal, or even orally. Among the most common sexually transmitted infections or diseases is Chlamydia which is caused by the pathogen, Chlamydia trachomatis.
It is mostly carried alongside the sperm cells with its associated fluid in a man or vaginal secretions from the woman. Chlamydia is mostly asymptomatic (it exhibits no symptom) at the initial stage. Physical contact can mostly not spread the infection as the pathogen usually appears in fluids from deep inside the body.
Sexually transmitted infections like Chlamydia are infections that are contracted basically via sexual intercourse between a man and woman or between a man and a man or a woman and a woman, and even bisexually. Sexually transmitted infections are on the rise daily due to the high number of unprotected sex between partners – especially high flying young people in urban areas who care less about their sexual health.People generally believe the infections are only but a myth of the society to discourage them from fully enjoying their sexual life and fantasies.
Several other ways of contracting the infection aside through sexual intercourse with the male or female genitals are described below:
- Mother to Child: It is imperative to note that most infections from the mother to the child are usually transferred to the fetus because of a variety of activities taking place between the mother and the baby constantly. Since all the nutrients used by the baby including the oxygen are gotten from the mother via the umbilical cord, a pregnant woman infected with Chlamydia trachomatis has the tendency of transferring the pathogen to the embryo which develops into the fetus and matures into an infected baby. The pathogen, however, hides within the cells of the fetus and divides itself rapidly.
- Fluid secretions: Fluids in the human body are basically composed of different macromolecules and water from the body which in turn mostly exhibit the nature of the individual. Some fluid secretions from the body may contain the pathogen (Chlamydia trachomatis) and if it comes in contact with someone else, it might easily diffuse into the skin and invade such person. Fluid secretions like eye secretions and mucus secretion are the perfect hosts for Chlamydia trachomatis. Added to this, sharing of towels, toothbrushes and so on are common ways of getting the Chlamydia infection from an infected person.
- Sexual intercourse: Sexual intercourse among young unmarried people in the 21st century is on the rise daily, astronomically eclipsing anything we ever thought possible. Many countries and cultures no more frown at unmarried people making out with multiple sex partners. In effect, sexual intercourse becomes the most common way to get the Chlamydia infection. In fact, about 80% of people around the world with the infection got it through sexual intercourse.This is because the semen from the man holds a higher percentage of the bacteria, same with the vaginal secretion from the woman when compared to the eye or mucous secretion; hence the title, sexually transmitted infection/disease. Other categories of sex by which Chlamydia can be gotten are oral sex and anal sex. This should be a source of concern for the world’s living population participating in, aiding, or abetting multiple sexually-exposed relationships where all kinds of sexual experiments take place unrestricted.
The deadly nature of Chlamydia
As earlier stated, chlamydia exhibits no symptoms at the initial stage, therefore, it is difficult to ascertain if one has been infected or not. Over time, the infection gradually leads to painful urination in both males and females at the critical stage. Chlamydia infection left untreated can lead to blindness if not treated on time. In the same vein, it can also lead to the destruction of the female fallopian tube.
The infection is not incurable as several antibiotics can easily take away the pathogen from the body. Just as there are many ways to get chlamydia, there are also various drugs known to be effective in its treatment.These are normally recommended after thorough tests.
Some say it’s not possible for young people to just slow down or turn off their sexual urges, whether true or false, the answer to safety might just lie in two items: a pack of condoms and home test kits – both affordable and readily available. Also, sticking to just one partner and being faithful all the way is another way of preventing chlamydia.
Sex or not, since there are multiple ways to get chlamydia, people who suspect that they’ve had intercourse with an infected partner or notice the symptoms should, as a matter of urgency, present themselves for a checkup because early diagnosis is an important factor in the cure of chlamydia