Chlamydia - a sexually transmitted infection
Chlamydia (Chlamydia infection) is a venereal disease, which infects through unprotected sexual intercourse and not, for example by sharing toilet or towel with an infected person. Genital Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnosed and treated in the United Kingdom. Highest rates are seen in mainly young men and women under 25 years. Approximately 5% of all sexually active young people between 18-22 years are infected. Chlamydia infection is a bacterium (Chlamydia trachomatis), which allows infection of the urethra and the cervix. Most people who become infected with chlamydia have no symptoms but can still infect others. If you experience symptoms, the most by burning and grinding when urinating, and itching of the urethra. Women may get vaginal discharge, and men a little discharge from the urethra. Chlamydia occurs mainly in young sexually active under 30. Newborn babies can get conjunctivitis if the mother has chlamydia at the time the birth takes place.
How can You make sure You don't get Chlamydia?
Use condoms with new sexual partners. Before you stop using condoms, make sure you and your partner get checked out for STIs by your local GUM clinic. Avoid casual sex. If you have had unsafe sex without a condom, it would be a good idea to go to the doctor and be tested. Women should be tested for chlamydia every time they have a new sexual partner to cut their chances of pelvic disease. In some cities there are special clinics, where you can turn more anonymously and have taken the test for chlamydia. If you are infected with chlamydia, your partner must also be examined. Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. Are you treated quickly, you are perfectly healthy. If you go with chlamydia without being treated, the female spread to the fallopian tubes (reduced fertility) and in men, chlamydia can cause epididymis inflammation.
Contact your doctor or a clinic for sexually transmitted diseases where you can get tested for chlamydia if you think you are infected. If you're between the ages of 16 and 24 testing may be free in your area. It's best to get a Chlamydia test every 12 months (or every time you change partner). Frequently, however, no symptoms. It's less than half of the men and women who are infected with chlamydia, which causes symptoms. Symptoms you should let you test at:
- If you as a woman has vaginal discharge, burning on urination, irregular bleeding or pain during intercourse.
- If you as a woman gets fever, vaginal discharge and pelvic pain.
- If your partner is diagnosed with chlamydia.
- If you as a man gets discharge from the urethra, burning at urination or tenderness in the scrotum.
- If you as a man gets fever, vaginal discharge and pain in the scrotum.
A woman under 30 years must have a spiral 'laid up', should first be tested for chlamydia because she can not know whether she is infected. If you have chlamydia, the infection are treated before you get the spiral laid up. Chlamydia infects know you have sex with someone who has chlamydia. Therefore it is important that you avoid getting infected and avoid infecting others. Use a condom when you are with someone who may be infected. When you initiate a new relationship, it's a good idea to let yourself and your partner explore.
Pregnancy and infection
If a pregnant woman has not been treated for an infection with chlamydia, the infection can be transferred to the neonate at birth. This can result in eye inflammation 1-2 weeks after birth. Chlamydia can also be found in the child's urethra. If you are infected with chlamydia will not affect the unborn child.
Treatments for Chlamydia
Chlamydia bacterium found in the mucosal cells. When you get tested for chlamydia, you are prompted for a morning urine sample. In a gynecological examination the doctor a sample from the cervix and a sample from the urethra. In men, the doctor takes a sample from the urethra. With a newborn child with conjunctivitis doctor scrapes a bit with a cotton swab on the inside of the child's eyelids. Samples sent to a laboratory within a few days can say about the case of chlamydia.
Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics either Macrolide and Tetracycline, are you pregnant without Ampicillin. After a week or so is chlamydia dwindled, and it can not cause infection. As long as one goes to study and receive treatment, you must either not have intercourse or only practice safe sex. It should be after 5-6 weeks go to a second verification to ensure that the infection has resolved. If chlamydia is treated quickly, you are perfectly healthy.
If you go with chlamydia without being treated, the female spread to the fallopian tubes and in men provide epididymis inflammation. In both cases, it may lead to that it will find it difficult to have children. It may also mean that a pregnancy often sits outside of the fallopian tube (ectopic pregnancy). Infection with chlamydia is thought to be the most common cause of infertility. - Click for information on contraception, condoms, contraception and morning-after pill >>