Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases all over the world, which is also referred to as the “silent disease”, and therefore it is important to know what are the bacterium Chlamydia causes in order to be able to treat it. Commonly, Chlamydia trachomatis is what causes Chlamydia infection. The same bacterium may also cause eye disease such as conjunctivitis.
The main causes of Chlamydia infection are C. trachomatis bacteria. These bacteria are actually found in the human cell and are not harmful unless they get outside of the cells. Since this bacterium is what causes Chlamydia infection, one should be aware of the means on which this disease is transmitted in order to avoid getting it. Conjunctivitis is caused by the contact of vaginal fluids or semen that are infected with the eye.
The other main causes of Chlamydia infection are unprotected sexual contacts. Although Chlamydia bacterium may affect the genital area it is also the cause of eye related conditions. However, genital Chlamydia infection might be transmitted through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex as well as by any type of genital contact with an infected partner. Sex toys that have been used by an infected individual and were not properly cleaned and used without condoms by another individual increases the risks of getting the disease.
Although some specialists believe that Chlamydia infections cannot be transmitted by transferring infected semen or vaginal fluids to the fingers and then by contact of the fingers with the female genital area, this possibility is still not clear.
The most dangerous thing about Chlamydia is that it does not cause symptoms at the beginning. This makes it more likely for an infected person to develop complications which may have negative impacts on the individual’s health for short-term and long-term. If Chlamydia in women shows some symptoms such as pelvic pain, spotting or yellow vaginal discharge, in men is even less noticeable. Some men might develop dysuria (pain when urinating) due to Chlamydia. Also, once one is not aware that he or she carries the virus, they might infect other individuals as well.
Apart from being sexually transmitted, Chlamydia bacterium can be transferred from an infect mother to her baby during childbirth. Usually, the babies do not develop symptoms right after birth but they tend to be more obvious within rather small periods of times. Chlamydia transmitted this way can cause conjunctivitis and pneumonia in the baby.
To conclude, Chlamydia is a serious sexually transmitted infection which is difficult to diagnose because of its lack of symptoms. This is why individuals who are sexually active and younger than 25 are recommended to have themselves tested every year for Chlamydia. However, bacterium Chlamydia causes pelvic and genital symptoms once it became more complicated and more difficult to treat.
Originally posted 2017-02-08 09:28:51.