April 17th, 2011 | Published in Chlamydia Treatment
U.S. chlamydia cases are reaching an all-time high. Recently collected CDC data reveals approximately 2.8 million people are infected with chlamydia per annum, making it the most widespread infection in the country. Despite its ubiquity, chlamydia is actually one of the easiest sexually transmitted diseases to treat and cure.
Detecting Chlamydia Infection
Lending to the widespread nature of chlamydia is the fact that most infected individuals will never experience symptoms. The CDC estimates that notable chlamydia symptoms will only surface in about 25 percent of infected men and 30 percent of infected women. As such, asymptomatic carriers of the disease will often unknowingly pass it to their sexual partners. chlamydia infection can be transmitted during vaginal, anal, and oral intercourse. Additionally, the disease can be passed from a pregnant woman to her newborn child during delivery.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
Though chlamydia symptoms will never present in the majority of cases, signs of infection typically include thick genital discharge that is white or yellow in color and pain during urination, which may be accompanied by the presence of blood in the urine. In women, chlamydia symptoms are often mistaken for vaginal yeast or urinary tract infection, prompting many to administer over-the-counter treatment that is ultimately ineffective.
For females, untreated chlamydia can cause severe long-term repercussions. Chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies can all result from undetected chlamydia. The CDC also points out that women under the age of 25 are statistically more likely to contract chlamydia than any other at-risk age or gender group, as the undeveloped nature of younger cervixes makes under-25 females more susceptible to infection.
Is Chlamydia Curable?
Following an STD test confirming the presence of infection, chlamydia can be cured with simple antibiotic treatment. In some cases, a single dose of azithromycin can eliminate infection completely. Other patients may require a week of antibiotics, usually doxycycline. As treatment for STDs is not uniform across infections, an accurate diagnosis is the key to curing chlamydia. The CDC recommends annual testing for all sexually active individuals but stresses the importance of screening for women under 25 and those who tend to engage in high-risk sexual behavior. Testing is also commonly performed during the first trimester of pregnancy. Furthermore, the CDC stresses that the only way to effectively avoid chlamydia is to consistently use protection during all forms of sexual intercourse or limit such activity to monogamous partners who are known to be free of infection.
Common misspellings for chlamydia include klamydia, clamidia, chlamidia, and klamidia.
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