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Thursday, 25 February 2010 16:26

Chlamydia


Chlamydial ("kla-MID-ee-uhl") infection is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. An estimated 2.8 million Americans are infected with chlamydia each year.6 Under-reporting is substantial because most people with chlamydia are not aware of their infections and do not seek testing. The highest rates of chlamydial infection are in 15- to 19-year-old adolescents, regardless of demographics or location.  According to a 1997 report, the annual cost of chlamydial infection was estimated at over $2 billion.

 

Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, oral, or anal sexual contact with an infected partner. A pregnant woman may pass the infection to her newborn during delivery, with subsequent neonatal eye infection or pneumonia. Even though symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent, it can damage a woman's reproductive organs and cause serious complications. Irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man, although complications among men are rare.

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious complication of chlamydial infection, has emerged as a major cause of infertility among women of childbearing age.  Moreover, a condition called Reiter's Syndrome may occur if the infection is allowed to continue and go untreated which can develop into a form of severe arthritis.

 

Chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics if caught early and evaluated by a physician.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 March 2010 05:53
 
 
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