Facts About STDs

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases. Unfortunately, people do not know enough about it. If you think it is rare, minor, or could never happen to you, knowledge is the first step toward better health.

What Is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that is primarily spread through sexual contact. Up to 70% of women and approximately 50% of men who are infected with this STD do not have any signs or symptoms. This is one reason everyone who is sexually active should be tested regularly for chlamydia.

Is Chlamydia Dangerous?

One danger of this STD is the risk of transmitting it to others. It can be transmitted to partners during sexual activity, and pregnant women with chlamydia can transmit it to their babies during vaginal childbirth. Women who plan to become pregnant should be tested for this disease.

Chlamydia can cause a variety of health problems, including infertility.

How Is Chlamydia Treated?

This disease can be treated, and effectively cured, with antibiotics. If you have chlamydia or suspect that you do, your physician can prescribe the correct antibiotics.

Can Chlamydia Be Prevented?

There are a number of options for preventing chlamydia and other STDs. You can abstain from sexual activity, or you can limit your sexual relations to one partner that is not infected. Another option for avoiding an STD is to always use a condom correctly when you have sex.

Should You See A Doctor?

You should not be embarrassed to talk to your personal physician about sexually transmitted diseases or any other topic. However, you also have the option of using a home testing kit to test yourself for the STD.

If you choose this option, you can perform the test in the privacy of your own home. Make sure to follow the directions on the kit. If the test results show you have the STD, make an appointment with your doctor immediately. He can prescribe antibiotics so the infection does not cause serious complications.

It is not impossible to prevent an STD, but it is not the end of the world if you do develop it. Place your trust and confidence in your doctor, as he is there to help you.

When you take sensible precautions to protect yourself from chlamydia, you are being responsible. Avoid the temptation to pretend sexually transmitted diseases do not exist, and you can enjoy a healthier, fulfilling life.