Do You Suffer From Chlamydia?

Do You Suffer From Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease in the US, according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2010, more than a million cases were reported in the US alone. While Chlamydia is easy to treat and cure, if left untreated, it can cause serious health problems. Since Chlamydia often progresses "silently" without causing any symptoms, it's important to get tested if you think you may have been exposed to the disease. The CDC recommends that sexually active women 25 years and younger (as well as women with new sexual partners or multiple partners) get tested for Chlamydia annually.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection, which can be transmitted vaginally, orally, or only during sex. While most people associate the disease with females, men and women can both carry Chlamydia, and both males and females can experience symptoms, even though it is the common experience none. Since there are so many ways that Chlamydia can be transmitted, the risk exists for heterosexual and homosexual partners, and the disease can be passed to partners who do not have heterosexual vaginal intercourse. Furthermore, a pregnant woman with Chlamydia can pass Chlamydia on to her child.

Most people who are infected with Chlamydia and experience symptoms develop them within 1 to 3 weeks. The most common signs in men and women are a burning sensation during urination, and discharge (from the vagina or penis). Additional symptoms in women may include pain in the abdomen or lower back, fever, painful intercourse, or bleeding in the middle of menstrual cycles. Some men experience pain in their testicles along with swelling, but this is not a common symptom. Chlamydia can also thrive in the rectum, mouth, or throat.

Why is Chlamydia a potentially serious disease?

Chlamydia, if untreated, can spread and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This happens in about 1 out of every 10-15 cases of Chlamydia in females. PID can have serious long-term consequences including infertility, chronic pain in the pelvis, and risk of ectopic pregnancy. Chlamydia can also weaken your body's immune response to other diseases such as HIV. If you are pregnant with Chlamydia and pass the disease on to your baby, the disease can spread to your baby's respiratory tract or eyes, causing complications like pneumonia and pink eye.

Prevention of Chlamydia is everyone's responsibility.

While abstaining from sex (or abstaining from sex with new partners) is one way of preventing Chlamydia, it is a drastic lifestyle choice and won't suit everyone. Using contraception (condoms) can prevent Chlamydia, but the number one way of preventing Chlamydia is to do your part and get tested regularly if you are sexually active with new partners. By testing yourself for Chlamydia (regardless of whether you are a man or a woman), you can protect yourself and your partners, as well as prevent passing Chlamydia on to a child. Since the disease is easy to cure, there is no reason to put off a test if you're showing symptoms, the sooner you find out, the sooner you can cure the disease and move on with your life.

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