Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis; which can damage a women’s reproductive organs. often times the signs and symptoms of Chlamydia are very mild and sometimes absent however serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Men who develop this disease will often times notice discharge from the penis. This std is one of the most common and most diagnosed in Washington state.
Chlamydia can be transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex. Women who are pregnant can also pass this disease to there child during a vaginal childbirth. A baby who becomes in contact with this disease will most likely contract it. Any sexually active person can be infected with Chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection. teenagers and young females who’s cervix are not fully matured are more susceptible and at high risk for infection if they are sexually active .Since chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, men who have sex with men are also at risk for Chlamydia. This std is known as the “silent” disease because nearly three quarters of infected women don’t notice any symptoms, which can take 1-3 weeks to occur.
Chlamydia can be detected during a routine yearly exam or a STD test. A single dose of azithromycin or a week of doxycycline which are taken twice a day are the most commonly used treatments. All sex partners should be evaluated, tested, and treated. Anyone with chlamydia should abstain from sexual intercourse until they and their sex partners have completed treatment, otherwise re-infection is possible. If you do not abstain from sexual intercourse while treating this disease, then there is a possibility of redeveloping the infection. The easiest way to not contract any sexually transmitted disease is abstinence, however if that is an issue you need to use...