Chlamydia Facts About Chlamydia Infection

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        <p>Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted
disease, especially among teens. It is anticipated that three million
people are infected with Chlamydia annually in the United States, which
is prevalent in both men and women. The major problem with this infection
is that there usually aren't any symptoms because most women don't know
they have the infection. When symptoms occur, they may be mild and may
disappear within a few days. Noticeable symptoms may not occur unless the
infection is severe; symptoms that you could have are: vaginal discharge,
spotting or irregular periods, lower abdominal pain, and burning with
urination.<br><br>The infection can be transferred to partners during
oral, anal or genital sex. The organism can be carried by hand to your
eyes and it can also be passed to a newborn during birth if the mother is
infected. Complications occur often because people do not know they have
Chlamydia, so it goes untreated in the early stages. The complications in
women include: Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Chlamydia usually
infects the vagina and cervix, but the infection can ascend and involve
the uterus and fallopian tubes; An increased risk of getting HIV;
Blindness caused by Trachoma which is a severe eye infection coming from
Chlamydia getting into the eye; Lymphogranuloma venerum that causes open
sores in the genital area and swollen lymph nodes; and Reiter's syndrome
which is a form of arthritis. Infants who are delivered vaginally by
mothers with active Chlamydia infection are at risk for acquiring an eye
infection and pneumonia.<br><br>The infection is diagnosed with a pelvic
exam and vaginal swab to check for the organism. If you have any symptoms
of the disease, your health practitioner will test for it. The CDC
suggest annual Chlamydia screening test, with a pelvic exam and vaginal
swab, for all sexually active women under the age of 25 and for women
over the age of 25 who have new or multiple sexual partners. Chlamydia
can be treated with antibiotics so if you have, it is important to take
the necessary antibiotics prescribed and to complete any follow-up tests
your health practitioner recommends. It is also imperative that all of
your sexual partners will be treated; if only one partner is treated, you
can re-infect each other.<br><br>Since it is transmitted sexually,
obviously abstinence or having sex only within a mutually monogamous
relationship with an uninfected partner will prevent infection from
occurring. If you have new or multiple sexual partners, condoms can
provide some, but not complete protection against Chlamydial infections.
You can transfer Chlamydia without vaginal penetration, though, so the
condom or some other barrier should be worn with any genital-genital,
genital-anal or genital-oral contact.<br><br>Chlamydia is a grave health
threat since it is becoming so widespread and it can cause serious
complications. Most people have even no idea if they are infected; and
the disease is reaching epidemic magnitude particularly among teens. Safe
sex practices are the key to prevention; early detection and treatment
through routine screening of people who are at risk can we avoid
complications.<br></p>        <!--INFOLINKS_OFF-->

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