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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease brought on by a bacterium, and it is one of the most common STDs in the US. It is believed that around 4 million are diagnosed with Chlamydia every year in the US. In case of women, it infects the urethra or cervix. In case of men, it infects the prostrate gland, rectum or urethra.
Chlamydia trachomatis is the bacterium which causes Chlamydia, so it is named Chlamydia. This bacterium was discovered in the year 1907, but it has been in existence from many centuries. There is reference to Chlamydia-like disease of the eye in ancient Egyptian and Chinese texts.
The symptoms are not very noticeable in majority of people infected with Chlamydia. Even if they can be noticed, they will be mild. In women, symptoms include unusual vaginal discharge, inconvenience in the lower abdomen, abnormal bleeding or problems when urinating. In men, the symptoms are burning sensation during urination and ejaculation, discharge from the penis, and urinating often.
The transmission of Chlamydia is through the intimate body contact such as oral, vaginal or anal sex. It is transmitted to women from men during sexual intercourse.
This infection can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic doxycycline is mostly prescribed. As this is the infection which is transmitted when having sex, avoid sex with your partner until the symptoms vanish and the course of antibiotics gets over. Go for a test after 3 to 4 months after you get treated. It is better if you and your partner get tested and also treated. And, do not have sex until doctor says it is safe.
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