|Chlamydia - What is it?|
Chlamydia is one among the sexually transmitted disease. It affects both men and women. 70% of women and 50% of men who has chlamydia experience no symptoms at all, or symptoms so mild they don't seek treatment. This is unfortunate, as untreated chlamydia infection in women leads to sterility in an estimated 30 % of cases.
Pelvic inflammatory Disease (PID) and irreparable damage to the reproductive system can occur, and hysterectomy may be required. Also, women who have been infected with chlamydia may have three to five times the risk of becoming infected with HIV if they are exposed to it. Babies born to mother with chlamydia may suffer from pneumonia or conjunctivitis (an eye infection). Both of those ailment require treatment with antibiotics.
Chlamydia has been linked to a form of arthritis in young women. One of the study showed that chlamydia was found in the joints of nearly half those of unexplained arthritis. Chlamydia is believed to be twice as common as gonorrhea. This infection
can be transmitted or contracted during anal, oral or vaginal sex with an infected partner.
In males, prostatitis and inflammation of the seminal testicles maybe caused by chlamydia. Symptoms of prostatitis include pain when urinating and a watery mucous discharge from the penis. Men may also notice pain and swelling of the testicles.
For women symptoms include: genital inflammation, vaginal or urethral discharge, difficulty in urination, a burning sensation when urinating, painful intercourse and itching around the inflamed area. The symptoms appear one to three weeks of contact with an infected partner. This symptoms can also appear in men.
If you have symptoms of chlamydia infection, do not delay seeking treatment. The danger of complications increases as time passes. If you are under 35 years old and have more than one partner, you should be tested for infection yearly. As young as 15years old can be infected with chlamydia. A single oral dose of Zithromax can kill chlamydia but very expensive drug. Another treatment is tetracycline and doxycycline for one week, but the convenience of single dose treatment may be worth it.