Chylamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. Responsible for over a thousand deaths in a year, it is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Here are some important facts you should know about it:
- It is contracted through vaginal, anal or oral sex with an already infected person
- It increases your chances of getting infected with HIV
- A pregnant woman can infect her baby with chlamydia during childbirth which could cause eye infections or pneumonia. Chlamydia could also lead to premature delivery
- People infected with chlamydia usually present no symptoms until after several weeks. Despite not showing symptoms, serious damage could have been done to the reproductive system. It could cause pelvic inflammatory diseases in women, and fever and pain in both men and women. It could also lead to death
- Symptoms include: discharge from the penis/vagina; discharge, bleeding and pain in the rectum; burning sensation when urinating; and pain in the testicles
- It is cured after treatment. There however can be a re-occurrence if the treated person has sexual intercourse with an already infected person
Chlamydia is reported to be one of the most common sexually transmitted infections affecting millions of people worldwide. Young people are more likely to contract the disease due to unhealthy sexual practices. The only way to prevent being infected is abstinence, using condoms each time during sexual intercourse and having sex with only one partner who is not already infected.