Chlamydia: Get Tested Before Too Late

Published: 19th March 2010
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Sexually Transmitted Disease or more commonly known as STD is an illness that is passed on to other people mainly thru sexual contact. They are extremely dangerous and not to mention embarrassing. One of these sexually transmitted diseases is Chlamydia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC, Chlamydia is a common STD that is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Being a STD, it is transmitted via sexual contact such as vaginal, oral, or anal sex. An active sex life and multiple sexual partners can predispose someone to acquiring the disease. Having sex with high-risk people or prostitutes can further increase the likelihood of catching the disease.

Chlamydia is the highest reported STD transmitted in the United States. According to the CDC, 2006 there are 1,030,911 known Chlamydia infections reported from the 50 states of the country. Although this number is probably less than the actual occurrence since a lot of people are not aware that they have the disease. This is because most people do not have symptoms or are not aware that they manifest them. The disease itself is known by another name called the "silent disease" since about 75% of infected women and around half of the infected males show no apparent symptoms, although symptoms do occur to some after 1 to 3 weeks after the initial exposure.

For women the symptoms include abnormal vaginal discharge and dysuria or a painful burning sensation that is felt when urinating. If the infection has already spread to the cervix and fallopian tubes, they may feel some abdominal pain, nausea, lower back pain, fever, bleeding between periods and painful sexual intercourse. However, for most women, even up to this point, the disease still does not manifest any symptoms.

For the men that do show symptoms, they may see discharge coming from their genitals and feel a burning sensation while voiding. They may also feel an itching and burning sensation around the opening of their genitals accompanied by swelling of the testicles.

If left untreated, the disease may progress to more serious problems such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease or PID. This happens to 40% of the females who are not treated and causes permanent damage to the reproductive system of the female. It can also lead to infertility, chronic pelvic pain, and possible fatal ectopic pregnancies. Also, they are 5 times more likely to acquire HIV.

Early detection is advised especially for people who are sexually active. Getting tested at the most nearby STD testing centers can help lessen the risks of getting Chlamydia and acquiring its complications. An STD testing center is very much capable of handling and diagnosing your case. They employ a capable staff and health team that provides accurate information and support. And since the disease itself barely manifests symptoms, getting routine check-ups is highly advised to know if you are positive with the bacteria. Getting tested regularly can ensure that you do not suffer the potential damages that can be dealt by the so called silent disease.



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