Chlamydia – The Silent Disease – Facts you should know

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease. On average 1-10 adolescent women tested, test positive for Chlamydia. Chlamydia often has no symptoms in men and women and according to the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is estimated that 4 million people are infected each year.

Chlamydia is a very treatable sexualy transmitted disease and requires the use of antibiotics to treat it.

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Common symptoms include:

1. Discharge from lower region (men and women)
2. Painful intercourse (women)
3. Low-grade fever (women)
4. Pain or burning while urinating (men and women )

Chlamydia has symptoms much like those of gonorrhea. If you have these symptoms it is best that you see a physician right away. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, it’s good to see a doctor. This reason is because it is possible that no symptoms may be present. The danger of Chlamydia if untreated can be serious. Untreated Chlamydia can lead to other problems such as pelvic inflammatory disease or PID. Chlamydia can also lead to infertility and premature births in women and sterility in men.

Symptoms of Chlamydia can also affect the eyes. Common eye problems resulting from Chlamydia are itching, redness and discharge from the eyes. Like mentioned earlier, it is always best to seek professional help if you have any of these symptoms.

Chlamydia is very treatable. Common treatment is as easy as taking a antibiotic twice a day for a week. The antibiotic given most often is doxycycline. This antibiotic has minimal side affects and can be taken with food. With doxycycline, it is best to stay away from dairy products and calcium supplements to help it work its best.

To prevent Chlamydia infections or re-infection it is important to practice safe sexual practices. Your attitude and choices in life greatly affect the chance of infection. It is important both partners get screened before intimacy. If you have any questions about Chlamydia you should see your local health physician or local health department. Funding is frequently available for those with limited to no income.

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