Chlamydia: Dangerously Silent
In North America, Chlamydia is reported as the most prevalent among the different types of sexually transmitted disease. From all over the world, there are estimated 89 million cases of Chlamydia and the number of cases is still growing from time to time.
Chlamydia can be transmitted in many ways. The most known way to transmit Chlamydia is through sexual transmission (oral, anal, and vaginal). There is a case wherein the fetus gets infected through vaginal birth from his mother. This is called Congenitally Acquired Chlamydia. Anyone can acquire Chlamydia but little girls have more chances to acquire it. Individuals who have many sex partners have higher chances to be infected by Chlamydia. The Chlamydia transmission takes place during the exchanging of body fluids.
The symptoms of a Chlamydia can be noticed after weeks from the time the infection entered the body. But in most cases, Chlamydia shows no symptoms. Chlamydia is labelled as a silent killer kind of STD. Among the 89 million Chlamydia cases, almost 75 % of cases in women and 50% cases in men noted that infected people experienced no symptoms from the infection. They are not even aware that the infection has already entered their body.
In cases that women experience symptoms, they experienced fever, abdominal pain, irregular vaginal discharge, painful urination, nausea, vaginal bleeding even there’s no menstruation. In cases of men, symptoms can be in the forms of irregular penile discharge, painful urination, itching sensation at the opening part of the penis, and swollen testicles.
Chlamydia trachomatis can be eliminated through antibiotics. Taking the antibiotics properly can be a good way to treat Chlamydia disease. Azythromycin can immediately kill Chlamydia by its single dose. Other antibiotics that can kill Chlamydia is called doxycycline. Repetitive doses of doxycycline are required.
If Chlamydia cannot be treated immediately, it will cause serious complications to the infected body. You can acquire the so-called PID or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, the worst complication of Chlamydia, if you won’t treat the infection immediately. If PID will travel going to women’s reproductive organ, it can cause a worst scenario of fallopian tube inflammation causing women’s infertility. Chlamydia can be also the cause of chronic pelvic pain.
Chlamydia complications have higher chances to occur in women compared to men, but can also possibly occur to men. Chlamydia infection can go directly to epididymis. The transferring of Chlamydia infection to the epididymis can be the cause of so much pain, fever, and in rare cases, it causes sterilit.
Through moderating sexual activities and not having many sex partners can prevent you from having Chlamydia disease. One sex partner is enough and make sure that your partner is not an STD carrier. The use of contraceptives like condom can decrease the possibility of having Chlamydia infection but contraceptives cannot totally eliminate the risks brought by the disease.
Avoid complications. If you are having suspicions that you are infected by any disease, go immediately to and STD clinic or to your doctor and ask for a Chlamydia test.
Chlamydia — From all over the world, there are estimated 89 million cases of Chlamydia and the number of cases is still growing from time to time.
This article talks about Chlamydia — its symptoms, treatment, complications, and prevention.