Monday, September 5, 2011

What Chlamydia says about itself (Chlamydia Trachomatis)

We’ve all heard about Chlamydia and most of us know how it is contracted.
Well, there are lots of things that you still need to know about Chlamydia apart from its transmission and effects. Most sexual health tips will talk about Chlamydia once in a while because it is the most common sexual transmitted disease in the US. In the US alone, studies show that almost 2.8 million people contract this STD every year.

How did I get it?

It’s easy for anyone to give you an answer like “You messed up!” when you ask this question but since you know that it’s a sexual transmitted disease (thanks to reading health fitness tips), you know that one get it by having intercourse with an infected person. The disease is common among people living in urban areas and young adults who are less than 24 years of age. Now that you know that, let’s get to the biological part of the disease. Chlamydia is caused by bacteria and to be precise, the actual name of the bacterium is Chlamydia Trachomatis. Most of us know one method in which it can be transmitted but there are two ways. The other method in which it is transmitted is less common because it is usually passed from an infected mother to a child during birth. This can cause serious effects in the newborn. The newborn can have pneumonia or worse, serious eye infections. Some health tips even say that in some cases it can cause blindness to the newborn.

How do I know I have it?

When talking about symptoms of Chlamydia, be sure that you have an empty stomach because what we’ll look at will be very disturbing to some of us. Sexual health tips will warn you against the same thing that we are looking at here. The symptoms of Chlamydia differ depending on the sex of the infected person. For women who have Chlamydia, they will usually experience bleeding after having sexual intercourse and this can’t be mistaken for menstrual discharge because even after menstruation, women that have Chlamydia still experience bleeding. Besides bleeding, infected women usually experience lower back pains and a burning feeling when urinating. The other symptom that proves a woman has Chlamydia is if there is discharge from her vagina and in some cases, there will be bad odor that comes along with the discharge. For men, they experience pretty much the same what women experience but you surely can’t find such stuff in health fitness tips. Men will also note discharge from their penises and when urinating, there will also be a burning sensation. Additionally, men will have an inflammation or infection of a duct in their testicles. There will also be some pain in the testicles despite the testicles being tender during this time.

I have it. What next?

Well, having Chlamydia doesn’t mean that you’ll start seeing the effects immediately you contract the disease. It will take some days for you to start seeing “the signs” and when you do see the signs, its time you paid your doctor a visit. Most health tips advise us to visit a doctor immediately we start seeing signs of an infection. In the case of someone who has Chlamydia, he/she will usually experience fever, abdominal pains, pain during urination, discharge from the penis/vagina and some pain during sexual intercourse. When these signs begin to show then the person has the disease. Unlike AIDS which is a viral disease, Chlamydia is a bacterial disease and that means that it can be cured. Even though it has a cure, having a healthy sexual life will prevent you from contracting such a disease.

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