A Sexually Transmitted Infection

 By: Bob Taylor
Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterium, sexually transmitted infection that can cause major damage to the female reproductive organs if not diagnosed and treated effectively. In the United States this genital infection occurs frequently among sexually active young persons.

People who are infected with chlamydia may not have any symptoms.
According to www.womenshealth.about.com, chlamydia affects over 3 million people per year, and three out of four of these people are under the age of 25 years. An overwhelming 50% of women have had chlamydia before they reached the age of 30. The signs of symptoms of chlamydia may be absent or only slightly noticeable, and if Chlamydia treatment is not sought soon enough, severe damage can happen to the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and uterus, causing infertility. Many women who have sought chlamydia treatment in the past may not even know that their reproductive system has been affected until they are unable to get pregnant. Chlamydia treatment usually does not include checking the function of the reproductive organs, and is only discovered when these women seek treatment for infertility.

About 75% of infected women and half of infected men have no symptoms of the disease (STD).

If symptoms are present, it may be abnormal discharge or painful urination, both of which can be very slight. Often times Chlamydia has progressed far enough that some damage has already occurred because treatment was not initiated sooner. These chlamydia treatments usually consist of prescription antibiotics, such as Zithromax, tetracycline, or erythromycin, all antibiotics that are effective in killing chlamydia with only a few doses. Patients should be instructed to finish prescribed chlamydia treatments even if symptoms are no longer present. Other the STD may not be totally eradicated and come back with a vengeance, requiring more chlamydia treatment with an even stronger antibiotic.

This infection is curable, chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, and, oral sex even if the penis or tongue does not enter the vagina, mouth, or rectum.

The only way to avoid having to seek chlamydia treatment is to use a barrier device, such as a condom during intercourse. If you don't know your partner that well, or there are extramarital relationships occurring, then by all means use a condom just to be safe. You may never know, especially if you are single and having one night stands and engaging in other promiscuous sexual activities.

If you do contract the bug, then seek testing and chlamydia treatment as soon as possible. You may be too embarrassed to seek chlamydia treatment, which is understandable, but at the same time, your reproductive health is at stake. Confide in your health care provider if you have engaged in unprotected sex, and get tested.

You may not have Chlamydia, but you will feel much better knowing that, and if you do, you can start chlamydia treatment right away.

Chlamydia can be easily treated with antibiotics. Make sure your sex partner(s) also receive treatment and avoid having sex while being treated not getting the infection again and transmitting it again.
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