By: Angel Robinson
October 5, 2010
I will be talking about chlamydia. I’ve chosen this common STD because I think you should know more than your friends know.
Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis. This bacterium can infect the cervix in women and the urethra and rectum in both men and women. Occasionally chlamydia can also affect other parts of the body, including the throat and eyes. Chlamydia often has no symptoms, especially among women. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause serious problems later in life. Chlamydia symptoms usually appear between 1 and 3 weeks after exposure but may not emerge until much later. Chlamydia is known as the ‘silent’ disease as in many people it produces no symptoms. It is estimated that 70-75% of women infected with chlamydia are asymptomatic (have no symptoms) and a significant proportion of men also have no symptoms. Those who do have symptoms of chlamydia may experience: * Women
* An increase in vaginal discharge caused by an inflamed cervix; * the need to urinate more frequently, or pain whilst passing urine; * pain during sexual intercourse or bleeding after sex;
* lower abdominal pains;
* Irregular menstrual bleeding.
* A white/cloudy and watery discharge from the penis that may stain underwear; * a burning sensation and/or pain when passing urine;
* Pain and swelling in the testicles.
* Men are more likely to notice chlamydia symptoms than women, though they too may be asymptomatic. In both men and women a chlamydia infection in the rectum will rarely cause symptoms Chlamydia can be transmitted:
* By having unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is infected; * from a mother to her baby during vaginal childbirth;
* By transferring the infection on fingers from the genitals to the eyes, although it is rare for this to happen. Chlamydia...