Chlamydia Overview

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States for both men and women. This infection is caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. The infection can be transmitted through vaginal, oral, or anal sexual intercourse and can also be passed from an infected pregnant woman to her baby during delivery. This may infect the penis, vagina, rectum, urethra, eyes, or throat.

chlamydiaPeople with the chlamydia infection may often not have symptoms and the disease can go unnoticeable. Thus, a chlamydia test should be done right away if the person suspects of being exposed to the disease.

Chlamydia is especially common among women and men aged 25 years and below. This infectious disease can cause serious and permanent damage to a women’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible to bear a child. Also, statistics tells us that one out of fifteen teenaged women who are sexually active is positive for this disease. Women diagnosed with the chlamydia infection are five times more likely to acquire HIV or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, if exposed. Men who have sexual intercourse with other men also get the disease at a higher rate. Each year, there are about three million Americans who get infected by the chlamydia bacteria. Globally, the sexually transmitted chlamydia affects around 250 million people.

The most common causes of chlamydia are:

Sexual intercourse without the use of a condom;
Sex partner is positive for the chlamydia infection;
Having multiple partners;
Having a new sex partner in the last 6-12 months.

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