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Chlamydia - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

What is Chlamydia? How is it transmitted? Complications that can arise due to Chlamydia: How can you prevent yourself from getting affected with Chlamydia?

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a type of STD (sexually transmitted disease) and can affect both women and men. It usually causes permanent and serious damage to the reproductive organs of a women’s reproductive system. This can make it difficult and impossible for her to get pregnant later in life. In some cases, Chlamydia can also result to ectopic pregnancy. In such cases, pregnancy starts to occur and develop outside the womb).

How is it transmitted?

It can be spread by engaging in oral, anal or vaginal intercourse with a person already affected with Chlamydia. You are still at a risk of developing Chlamydia of our partner doesn’t ejaculate. Mothers who already have been diagnosed with Chlamydia can pass it on to their unborn child. This usually takes place when the infection is passed on to the baby during delivery. Chlamydia can cause pneumonia or eye infection in the baby. Having Chlamydia can also increase our risk of having a premature delivery.

Complications that can arise due to Chlamydia:

If Chlamydia isn’t treated on time, it can cause fatal health problems. For women, the infection can spread to the fallopian tubes (tubes carrying the eggs to the uterus from the ovaries) and the uterus, leading to PID (Pelvic inflammatory disease). Symptoms of PID include pelvic pain and abdominal pain. Pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to deadly ectopic pregnancy which can be fatal for your and your baby’s health, inability to be pregnant, pelvic pain which keeps occurring and irreversible damage is done to your reproductive system. Men are also affected by Chlamydia, the infection spreads to the tube which transfers the sperm from the scrotum. This causes fever and pain. Chlamydia doesn’t affect a man’s fertility.

How can you prevent yourself from getting affected with Chlamydia?

  • Using condoms while engaging in sexual coitus, preferably latex condoms.
  • Being in a monogamous and long term relationship with a single partner who has been tested negative for any form of STD.
  • Not engaging in oral, vaginal or anal sex with a person who you think might have Chlamydia.

Chlamydia can also cause bleeding, rectal pain and abnormal discharge from the genitals. Chlamydia can be cured if the right treatment is administered. If the medication prescribed by your doctor is taken on a regular basis, it can decrease your risk of developing complications later in life. The medications prescribed for Chlamydia shouldn’t be shared with anyone. It is vital to be tested again after consuming the medications at an interval of 3 months.

Popular Questions & Answers

Am from hyderabad. Am 29 years old. Sir actually I don't know it's lump or cyst on a right testicle. Its not paining n no other symptoms. I don't smoke r drink. Scrotum everything is fine .there is no swellings .what it can be?

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I am 26/f .had my last sex 4 months back. I noticed a gray patch outside vagina .no itching no discharge .no pain. Doctor said it was a hypopigmented keratinised patch and gave me nadibact plus for 2 weeks .but still it's present.

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A patch should not be ignored. If it is fungal, anti fungal medication will work well but to be on the safe side, it is important to get venereal infection ruled out. Please get a vdrl test done. It is a simple blood test. Depending on the result ...

I am 25 years old male. The vein over glans penis have become prominent and thick over last 6 week. It is painless. Not sexually active. Being treated for lichen planus glans penis with pimecrolimus. What can be the cause and treatment. Test for syphilis nd hiv- negative.

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There are lots of possibilties with pimecrolimus ranging from a normal inflammatory state to an infective state. It's in your best interest to get it examined by a dermatologist to confirm the diagnosis so that a definite management plan can be fo...

Had sex with a masseuse. Used condom, but she did sucked my penis for about 30 seconds. We kissed tongue to tongue, 3-4 times. Took shower twice after all this. Washed my mouth with listerine. Any chance of getting hiv or other std’s.

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Psychiatrist, Ghaziabad
Stds like chlamydia, herpes, gonorrhoea, syphilis and hpv can all be transmitted orally, meaning they can pass from one person's mouth to their partner's genitals or anus, or vice versa. It better to wait and watch for the symptoms as there is som...

My questions are described as below. 1. If one having chronic psychological stress "while" receiving primary series of anti rabies vaccination which is 5 arv doses on post exposure prophylaxis, will high level of cortisol hormone or this chronic psychological stress during those times prevent our immune system to mount a proper response to the vaccine? 2. I believe reduction of antibodies level overtime is a normal process. Chronic psychological stress will be elevated cortisol hormone, does this high level of cortisol or chronic psychological stress causes formerly protected level 0.5iu of rabies antibodies drop to unproductive level? (hope to understand more about antibodies during this event as I ever administered 5 doses of arv 3 years ago) 2. If one having protective rabies antibodies level 0.50iu or more, our antibodies kill the virus instantly once it's in site before it enters the nerve? How long does it take for our antibodies to kill the virus? Assume the virus already entered the nerve and spinal cord but it hasn't reached the brain will our antibodies still be able to kill it? 3. Will chronic psychological stress or high cortisol level affect or alter hepatitis c antibodies and hiv antibodies "seroconversion" process? (means production of antibodies affected therefore unable to properly seroconvert of antibodies due to severe level of stress or chronic psychological stress) 4. For hiv infection I have seen few discussions from Dr. h. Hunter handsfield (hiv expert) through medhelp forum with his patients that antibodies will clear p24 out of the blood until p24 no longer detectable and excess antibodies will start detectable through serology blood test afterward as part of seroconversion. A. For hiv if one having psychological stress or chronic psychological stress or high cortisol level will production level of antibodies that produce by our immune system stop or delay while in the middle of clearing p24 due to stress? I seen some of this p24 discussion from h. Hunter handsfield m.d (hiv expert) with his patient which I screenshot their conversation in the attachment above (kindly refer to the attachment in the above for more detail) he mentioned "in other words, the p24 cannot become negative until at least several days (typically a couple of weeks) after antibody appears" by h. Hunter handsfield m.d. B. I'm concern about will antibodies stop or delay production during that stressful event due to stress which causes improper seroconversion? (probably similar questions to no. 3 but a little more detail:) 5. If one having chronic psychological stress and high cortisol level, will one seropositive infections such as hiv or hcv (hepatitis c) "seroreversion" to seronegative? (i do understand for hiv positive patient seroreversion for hcv is common, although i'm not hiv positive and read some cases mentioned antibodies for hcv persist for life, some said persist for many years or up to decades. 6. If one having psychological stress such as anxiety which is either chronic or not chronic does it affects seroconversion process of antibodies for treponemal test on infection like syphilis (such as tpha, fta-abs) or non treponemal test on syphilis? (such as vdrl, rpr). 7. If one having severe psychological stress anxiety or chronic psychological stress does it causes syphilis treponemal test or non treponemal test antibodies seroreversion? (despite I seen some expert discussed overtime seroreversion for non treponemal test which test turning to negative overtime is normal and is the only issue for non treponemal that might be due to the nature of the test itself which does not happen to treponemal test).

PhD - Psychology
Psychologist, Patna
If you have psychological stress you need psychological counseling services through the online or offline process for the positive attitude that will be better for recovery of your problem thank you.

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