Chlamydia has been called the Silent (STD) because the symptoms are not always readily apparent. This does not make the disease any less serious or dangerous. Those that suffer from it, women in particular, many find themselves with serious, life threatening symptoms if the disease is allowed to continue to fester untreated.
Likely, the best way to treat Chlamydia would be to avoid contracting it in the first place. To do this, it becomes necessary to understand the causes of Chlamydia. Once you have a better understanding of Chlamydia causes, you can take preventive and avoidance steps to deal with it.
What Is Chlamydia?
Like most sexually transmitted diseases, Chlamydia is a form of bacterial infection. The bacteria is one that only affects human beings and it is known as the Chlamydia trachomatis (C. trachomatis) bacteria.
One point to make about this bacteria is it can be spread in ways other than sexual contact although we mostly consider Chlamydia itself to be solely an STD. This should not come as much of a surprise when you realize it is the most common sexually transmitted infection on a global basis.
The Rate Of Infection
Chlamydia remains the most common sexually transmitted disease in the United States. There are nearly 3 million people in the United States that end up becoming infected every year. It is believed 10% of the population is infected.
Women have a higher rate of infection and it is believed that 10% of adolescent females have been infected.
The Causes Of Chlamydia
The causes of Chlamydia reveal some of the means in which the disease is spread.
Chlamydia is a disease that must be contracted. The fact that it is a sexually transmitted disease will immediately reveal the most common way in which a person will suffer from a Chlamydia infection. Oral, anal and vaginal sex are all means in which Chlamydia can be transmitted.
Sadly, Chlamydia can also be transferred from a mother to a child as the child is born. The child may become infected as he or she passes through the birth canal. In a child, Chlamydia can cause a number of serious and adverse health problems.
Namely, it is not impossible for the child to suffer from pneumonia or a serious eye infection.
This returns us the the previous point about the dangers of Chlamydia being a silent STD. Since a large percentage of the women suffering from Chlamydia will have no idea they are suffering from it, they will not take the steps to have it treated when they are pregnant.
Why would they seek treatment for something they do not know they have?
They likely will not. Hence, they run the risk of giving to a newborn. They will, along with men that do not know they have the condition, will put others at risk of contracting the disease.
Those Most Likely To Be At Risk For Chlamydia
Statistics have been compiled by such entities as the Center for Disease Control. These statistics reveal who may be most at risk for contracting the disease. Those at greatest risk for the disease would be young adults under the age of 24.
The disease is also known to spread more frequently in large metropolitan areas.
Unprotected Sexual Activities
As with other sexually transmitted diseases, the causes of Chlamydia will often be related to unprotected sex….sex without wearing a condom. That said, even when wearing a condom during penetrative sex, it is still possible for the bacteria to transfer via oral sex.
Having sex with many partners also increases the risk of contracting Chlamydia. Of course, even something that has few sexual partners may be at risk for acquiring Chlamydia if one of the partners he/she has sex with is infected.
Testing For STDs
In addition to knowing the causes of Chlamydia, it is extremely helpful to know whether or not you may have contracted it somehow. The best way to do this would be to undergo a comprehensive sexually transmitted disease test at a doctor’s office or a clinic.
Upon getting the results of the test back, it can be determined whether or not the person undergoing the test has the bacteria or not.
Treatments For Chlamydia
There are ways to treat and cure Chlamydia. Antibiotics can be used to help destroy the bacteria. It may take up a week to eliminate the entirety of the presence of the bacteria. Even after a week of treatment has been undertaken, it may be best to undergo another test to ensure all the bacteria has been killed.