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Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Chlamydia  print

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Chlamydia, often misspelt Clamidia, is one of the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Global chlamydia statistics show that an estimated 92 million new chlamydia infections occur each year, affecting more women than men.

Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium, chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria 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, it can cause serious problems later in life.

Symptoms and signs
Chlamydia symptoms usually appear between one and three weeks after exposure, but may not emerge until much later. It is known as the ‘silent’ disease as in many people, it produces no symptoms. It is estimated that 70 to 75 per cent 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.

•Men: 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, although they too may be asymptomatic.

Treatment
The treatment of chlamydia is simple and effective once the infection has been diagnosed. It consists of a short course of natural medicine, which, if taken correctly, can be more than 95 per cent effective.

Complications
If chlamydia is left undiagnosed and untreated it can cause serious health problems. Early diagnosis and treatment means that chlamydial infection can be easily cleared up.

Prevention
Using condoms greatly reduces the risk of chlamydia being passed on during sex. Getting tested for STDs and encouraging new partners to get tested before having sexual intercourse also helps to prevent transmission.

If you think you may have any of the symptoms listed above, Call Dr. Majiyagbe Ajibola on 08060289977 or 08023344489.

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