April 17th, 2011 | Published in Chlamydia Testing
As the country’s most commonly reported STD, chlamydia continues to impact the U.S. population significantly. Though under-reporting has skewed national statistics in recent years, more than 1.2 million cases are documented annually by the CDC, with actual infection rates assumed to be more than double. While symptoms of chlamydia do occasionally point to infection, the majority of people living with chlamydia never display notable signs. For this reason, chlamydia transmission continues to affect sexually active individuals across the country, particularly those 25 years of age and younger. Understanding prevention tactics and how chlamydia is contracted can help at-risk populations limit chlamydia exposure.
Can You Get Chlamydia From Kissing?
Many people wonder, "Can you get chlamydia from kissing?" It's important to note that chlamydia is spread via vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse only. Transmission occurs when the mucous membrane (the soft part of the skin covering bodily openings) makes contact with another person’s infected bodily fluid. Chlamydia is not spread via saliva, so the disease cannot be contracted by kissing alone. Additionally, the disease is less likely to be transmitted via oral sex because the bacteria producing Chlamydia tends to thrive in the genital area more so than in the throat.
Chlamydia and Pregnancy
Chlamydia can be passed from a mother to her newborn child during delivery if the disease is left untreated. In babies, the repercussions of chlamydia can be severe and may include blindness (if contact with the infection is made by the eye) and pneumonia, a potentially fatal condition for newborns with under-developed immune systems. Chlamydia testing is therefore recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy so that all traces of infection can be eliminated in advance of delivery.
Chlamydia is statistically most likely to infect sexually active women who are 25 or younger, and males of a similar age range also run a significant risk of contracting the disease. The only way to avoid chlamydia is to consistently use protection during all forms of sexual intercourse, or limit sexual interaction to a single monogamous partner who has undergone STD testing and is confirmed to be disease-free. Left untreated, chlamydia can cause severe long-term repercussions in women, including chronic pelvic pain, permanent reproductive system damage, and ectopic pregnancies.
Chlamydia can be cured completely via antibiotics. In many cases, a single dose can eliminate infection, though some patients require a week of medication to clear Chlamydia from their bodies. During treatment, those infected must abstain from all forms of sexual intercourse; otherwise, they run the risk of transmitting the disease to their partners. Re-infection following treatment with chlamydia antibiotics is possible if exposure an additional case of chlamydia occurs.
Common misspellings for chlamydia include klamydia, clamidia, chlamidia, and klamidia.