What is Chlamydia? Learn about causes, symptoms & prevention
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly three million people are diagnosed with Chlamydia in the United States every year. And …
Hi, I am Susan, your health counselor from
DxSaver.com. Today I am going to explain
some interesting facts about Chlamydia in
this short video.
According to the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention, nearly 3 million people
are diagnosed with Chlamydia in the United
States every year. And, nearly half of the
people diagnosed with Chlamydia are women
who fall under the age group of 15 and 24.
Chlamydia is one of the sexually transmitted
disease, transmitted from one person to another
through sexual contact. The infection is caused
by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis.
It is transmitted through vaginal, anal or
oral sex. Sexually active young people get
infected by Chlamydia easily, when having
unprotected sex or having sex with multiple
partners. A woman having Chlamydia can pass
it to her child at birth. Chlamydia cannot
be transmitted through casual contact like
sharing food or drinks, kissing, hugging,
holding hands or sneezing.
Chlamydia can be differentiated into two types,
based on the place in which the infection
One is oral chlamydia. It is transmitted through
oral sex, and is very common in the
The other type is eye chlamydia. It is transmitted
through the hand to the eye, from the spread
of infection in the genital secretions. The
main cause of eye chlamydia is touching your
eyes without washing your hands, after having
vaginal sex, or oral sex with the infected
The infected person does not show any symptoms
for several weeks until it spreads to other
body parts. Some of the symptoms in women
are, abnormal vaginal discharge, swelling
in the vagina, painful sex, vaginal bleeding
during sex and abdominal or back pain.
The symptoms in men are, pain in the urethra,
milky discharge from the penis and pain or
swelling in the testicles.
Other than these, both men and women may have
common symptoms like, bleeding while urinating,
mucous discharge in the rectum, redness, or
itching in the eye, sore throat and fever.
The most effective way to diagnose chlamydia
is to, use a cotton swab to take the sample
from the infected areas like cervix, urethra,
and eye. Generally, chlamydia infection occurs
in the cervix, throat or rectum areas in women,
and, in men, the infection occurs in their
urethra, throat, or rectum.
If you suspect the possibility of chlamydia
infection, then the right time to take the
chlamydia test is at least within 1 to 5 days
Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotic therapy.
It is advised not to have sex for a minimum
period of seven days, after the treatment.
If the chlamydia is left untreated, it may
lead to severe complications, in both men,
and women. Some of the complications in men
are, infection in the urethra, and inflammation
in the rectum.
In women, the complications are, pelvic inflammatory
disease, infertility and inflammation of the
So it is better to prevent chlamydia infection
by, using condoms, and limiting the number
of sex partners.
If you had unprotected sex recently, or having
multiple sex partners, then click on the link
in the description, to get tested for chlamydia,
which I would highly recommend.
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