How Is Chlamydia Transmitted?
Many people wonder exactly how chlamydia is transmitted. Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and victims often show very little symptoms. Left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious reproduction problems, including infertility. Luckily, it is easily prevented and treatable.
Most people contract chlamydia through some sort of sexual activity. Many people do not realize that chlamydia transmits from all types of sexual relations, including oral and anal sex. Unfortunately, an infected mother can also pass chlamydia during vaginal childbirth to her baby. The more sexually active a person is with multiple partners, the greater their risk of getting infected. It is not just the sex organs that are vulnerable to chlamydia. A man or woman can infect the back of their throat or anus from oral and anal sex.
Infected people do not always show symptoms. Possible symptoms include pain and burning when urinating, discharge from the vagina or penis, and burning or itching around the genitals. The symptoms for chlamydia in the rectum also include discharge, pain and bleeding.
Fortunately, prevention is simple. As with any sexually transmitted diseases, the best defense is abstinence. Sex in a long-term, committed relationship and with an infection-free partner lessens the risk of getting chlamydia. Latex condoms used each and every time during sexual activity effectively helps prevent infection, but it's not always a guarantee. Anyone sexually active should get tested annually for chlamydia and other STDs. Report any sores or discomfort to the health care provider immediately.
Chlamydia is a serious yet treatable STD, but easily prevented through safe sexual practices and proper testing. If you think you have been exposed to Chlamydia please get tested and start treatment.