With as many as three to four million Americans each year contracting Chlamydia each year, this sexually transmitted disease is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis. While Chlamydia can be serious, it is also easy to cure if it is detected early on. Chlamydia is a STD which means that it is passed from one partner to another during sexual activity. This activity can include vaginal, anal or oral sex. Chlamydia often spreads rapidly because the symptoms are often non-existent. It is estimated that 75% of women and 50% of men have no symptoms of this disease. While many sexually active people are likely to take precautions when They are aware of their infection with a sexually transmitted disease, these precautions are less likely when neither partner is showing any symptoms of a STD.
The Symptoms of Chlamydia
Chlamydia is a unique disease in the fact that there are often no obvious symptoms present in patients who are afflicted with the disease. The widespread existence of Chlamydia is often blamed on the lack of symptoms. Half of men and three quarters of women who are infected with Chlamydia experience no symptoms of the disease. While many patients never experience any symptoms of Chlamydia, those that are symptomatic often develop symptoms within one to three weeks of their exposure to the disease.
Although rare there are some recognizable symptoms of Chlamydia. Women who experience symptoms often have a vaginal discharge that is not normal as well as a burning sensation when they urinate. Chlamydia initially affects the cervix and the urethra but could spread to the uterus and fallopian tubes. When this occurs, symptoms are still not frequent but when they do occur, they often include lower abdominal pain, lower back pain, nausea, fever, pain during sex and bleeding between menstrual periods.
Men who are infected with Chlamydia are somewhat more prone to developing symptoms but still half of men infected do not show any symptoms. A discharge from the penis is one symptom that men with Chlamydia experience. Additionally they may have a burning sensation when they urinate, burning or itching around the head of the penis and swelling in the testicles.