Hello all, my name is Chlamydia Trachomatis. I am a gram negative bacterium and cause the
sexually transmitted disease known as Chlamydia. I am naturally found living only inside human cell. I
replicate intracellularly within a membrane bound structure called an inclusion. Inside this inclusion the
metabolically inactive “elementary body” form of me becomes the replicative “reticular body”. The
multiplying “reticular body” then become “elementary bodies” again and burst out of the host cell. This
continues my infection cycle. I have proved to be very difficult to research since I cannot be cultures
outside of host cells.
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world and I cause about four
million cases in the United States each year. The symptoms I cause in women include: vaginal bleeding
and discharge, pain in the abdomen, painful sexual intercourse, fever, painful urination or the frequent
urge to urinate. In men I usually cause them to feel painful or burning sensation when urinating, a
discharge from the penis, swollen or tender testicles or fever. In both sexes the symptoms are not always
obvious which can lead to serious consequences. In women, if my presence is not detected, I can cause
pelvic inflammatory disease, scarring inside the reproductive organs, difficulty becoming pregnant or an
ectopic pregnancy. In males, I will usually cause epididymitis which can cause sterility. I can also be
passed to a child through an infected mother.
Humans usually get rid of me by using my nemesis, antibiotics. Typically, humans use
azythromycin, tetracycline and erythromycin to successfully get rid of me.
As you can see, I can be a silent killer and very dangerous to humans. Hopefully, humans will not
wise up and use protection during intercourse so I can continue to thrive and infect more people.