Spotlight STI – Chlamydia
Feb 2012 02

Well, it’s February (where has the time gone) so to keep with my promise of spotlighting an STI each month today’s post is given to…you guessed it. Chlamydia.

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is known as the “silent” disease, simply because the majority of individuals infected have no symptoms or signs of infection. The bacterium that causes Chlamydia is known as Chlamydia trachomatis which can damage reproductive organs (more so in women than men) if not treated.

What you need to know about Chlamydia is that it is common, you can get tested, and it is treatable.

Like all other STIs Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact and not casual contact. It is very rare that bacteria will spread through oral sex. However, using a barrier method of contraception (such as a dental dam) provides some additional safety in preventing transmission. As for vaginal and anal sex, use latex or female condoms in order to reduce the chances of getting or spreading Chlamydia.

Since Chlamydia is a bacterial infection when diagnosed your healthcare provided with give you antibiotics. It is important that you complete the medication and talk to your partner about getting tested to insure that you don’t continue to pass the infection from one another. Most health care providers will recommend that you have a follow-up test in 3 to 4 months to insure that the infection has cleared up.

Its seems that there is a laundry list of symptoms that most individuals are likely not to experience but in the unfortunate case that you do…here they are:

For Women For Men
Abdominal painAbnormal vaginal dischargeA yellowish discharge

Strong smell/odor

Bleeding between menstrual periods

Low-grade fever

Pain or a burning feeling while using the bathroom

Swelling inside the vagina or around the anus

The urge to urinate more often

Vaginal bleeding after sex

If left untreated in women can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)

Pain or burning while using the bathroomPus, watery, or milky discharge from penisSwollen or tender testicles

Swelling around the anus

If left untreated in men can cause epididymitis

 

Valentine’s Day in coming up…and I don’t think Chlamydia is on anyone’s wishlist (so #gyt)

References:

Planned Parenthood

CDC

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002321/

 

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