Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia can affect the genital organs, urethra, anus, throat, and eyes. It is a bacterial infection which spreads easily between men and women by sexual intercourse, including penetration, oral sex, petting, and direct contact with the genital area, anus or mouth of the infected person. Chlamydia infection can be passed from the mother to the baby during vaginal delivery.
Chlamydia infection is caused by a bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis. This bacterial infection affects both men and women, usually around the age of 25 years old.
Practicing safe sex is the best way to protect against chlamydia and other sexually transmitted infections. Getting tested for chlamydia is simple and once diagnosed with this infection, a short course of antibiotics is necessary. If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to other health problems. Suffering from chlamydia infection increases the risk for HIV/AIDS too.
Symptom #1: No Symptoms
Being infected with chlamydia can be tricky, as in most cases you will not know that you have the infection. An asymptomatic chlamydia infection is more common among men than women (around 50% of infected men have no symptoms whatsoever). In some cases, the symptoms are there but very mild, so that they are left unnoticed.
As the disease is left unrecognized in most cases, people may pass the infection to others without even knowing it, making chlamydia a very common infection. Getting tested regularly is important, as it helps getting diagnosed and treated early.