Chlamydia, a sexual transmitted disease.

Essay by athomas1690Junior High, 7th gradeA+, October 2003

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Chlamydia is known as one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases that exist today. A reason to differ is that many people don't even have a clue that they have it because usually Chlamydia has no symptoms. Up to eighty-five percent women and forty percent men who have Chlamydia has no indication about the bacterial infection. When symptoms do occur, they may begin as short as five to ten days. Women experience bleeding between menstrual cycles, vaginal bleeding after intercourse, abdominal pain, painful intercourse, fevers or headaches, painful urination, the urge to urinate more than usual, inflammation pf the cervix, or MucoPurulent Cervicitis (MPC), a milky or yellowish substance from the cervix that has a foul odor. For men, it is watery pus or some kind of milky discharge (stuff) from the penis, pain or burning feeling while urinating, itching in the genital area, and swollen aching testicles. It is caused by a pathogen called Chlamydia Trachomatis.

Chlamydia is spread by having unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex with an infected person. A person remains infected until they have finished their treatment regardless of whether they have or not have symptoms. It can spread from a woman to her fetus during pregnancy. When the baby is born it might have an eye infection or pneumonia due to Chlamydia. Chlamydia is diagnosed for men by a urine sample. This can take up to more than ten samples because it is harder to find a test that has the germ in it. This can mean they have Chlamydia ,but the test says they do not. A diagnosis for women is by taking a swab of MPC out of the cervix. The most likely ways of getting Chlamydia is people who have a number of different sex partners, people who have sex...