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The sexually transmitted diseases can be commonly seen in the US. And, Chlamydia is one among them. In the year 2006, 1,030,911 people were infected with Chlamydia in the US and this number is gradually rising. Also, there are many people who do not seek treatment for the infection, or their doctors do not report it. So, the actual number of cases must be much higher. Chlamydia is mainly seen in the age group of 14 to 39 years.
Chlamydia trachomatis is the bacterium which causes Chlamydia. The female population is mostly affected by this infection, and it adversely affects the reproductive system in females. If it is not detected and cured, it can lead to many other health problems which include infertility.
Chlamydia is transmitted via sexual contact. This contact can be vaginal, anal or oral. If the woman is carrying this infection and has a vaginal birth, the infection can be transmitted to the newborn baby. It is advised that the women infected with Chlamydia should give birth via C-section. Homosexual contact can also cause Chlamydia.
Women with Chlamydia usually have an odorous discharge through vagina throat or anus, depending on where the infection is present. In men, the discharge is through penis, throat or anus. It cannot be recognized easily, so if you have any discharge which seem to be unusual, it is best to consult a doctor.
The signs of Chlamydia can be seen 3 weeks after the person gets infected; but it may remain unnoticed for several months. The symptoms in women are burning pain during urination, nausea, fever, pain when having sex, pain in the abdomen and abnormal menstrual bleeding. The symptoms in men are burning sensation during urination and itching on penis.
This is not a life threatening disease, but it is better to treat it as soon as you notice the symptoms.
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