Chlamydia: Sexually Transmitted Disease

While talking about sexually transmitted diseases or STDs, one usually hears only about HIV/AIDS. But there are a host of STDs that can ruin one’s system and health if a person gets infected with anyone of them.

Even if they aren’t as life threatening as AIDS they can do enough damage to the person’s sexual health and general wellbeing. However, we will be discussing different types of STDs that one can get infected with one after the other:

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is caused due to bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. This infection can happen to both men and women and it has some serious consequences too. It can cause permanent damage to the reproductive organs of a woman and affect her chances of getting pregnant later if left untreated or ignored.

During the initial days after being infected with the bacteria, there might be few or no symptoms to suggest the presence of the disease. The symptoms usually start to show one or three weeks post the bacterial attack.

Remember, the signs are too mild in the beginning to even make you realize that you’re infected. You can get this infection by having anal, vaginal or oral sex with a person suffering from Chlamydia.

Though it is more common in the genital tracts one can even get this infection in the rectal area too.

Symptoms of Chlamydia

In women, the infection can give rise to abnormal vaginal discharge, painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse and lower abdominal pain.

In men, the infection can cause testicular pain or swelling in the testis, painful ejaculation, discharge from the penis and burning sensation while urinating.

In case of a rectal infection there could be bleeding, discharge and rectal pain both in men and women.

If a woman is pregnant with the infection there is a fair amount of chance that she can spread the infection to her child during the time of birth.

Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis and treatment of Chlamydia infection is tested either by taking a urine sample or by a vaginal swab. In general, it is treated with oral medications and certain precautions.

Sexual intimacy should be avoided if you’re taking medication for the same. Remember immunity from an STD is not expected after an infection. In fact, the chances of a successive infection only increases after the first bacterial attack.

Hence people affected with this disease should go for a proper check-up for any recurrence once in every three months, if one is sexually active.

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