One of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI) is chlamydia, which is caused by a bacteria called chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is common in both men and women. And do you know why the infection spreads so easily? Because people who have chlamydia often don’t show outward symptoms. In fact, chlamydia trachomatis affects millions each year without symptoms.
When it does, the consequences in women can be particularly severe, resulting in chronic pelvic pain and infertility. However, effective treatment is available.
Chlamydia is a SUPER common bacterial infection that infects both men and women, and most often spreads through unprotected vaginal, oral or anal sex. But penetration doesn’t have to occur to contract it. It can pass from an infected person to another through genital contact.
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In fact, newborn babies can acquire chlamydia from their mothers during birth. The infection is carried in the semen (cum), pre-cum, and vaginal fluids. And can infect the vagina, penis, cervix, anus, urethra, eyes, and throat. Treatment for chlamydia is available, but if left untreated. It may lead to major health problems in the future, including permanent damage to the reproductive system.
For very rare cases, you can get chlamydia by touching your eye if you have infected fluid on your hand. But you need to understand that chlamydia isn’t spread through casual contact, so you can’t get chlamydia from sharing foods or drinks, kissing, hugging, holding hands, coughing, sneezing, or sitting on the toilet.
Yes. If you’ve had chlamydia and were treated in the past, you can get re-infected if you have unprotected sex with someone who has it.
Also, read: Is your vagina really healthy? 5 signs that say you are absolutely OK down there
Most of the people with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms and don’t know they retain it. But women who are showing symptoms of chlamydia infection may notice:
Always consult the doctor, if you notice any of the above symptoms.
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