Chlamydia - Educational Information

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Chlamydia - Educational Information

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection passed through sexual contact. It is the most common Sexualy Transmitted Disease in the United States and found most commonly in men and women under the age of 25 (Planned Parenthood, 2014).

Women Symptoms:Abnormal vaginal dischargeBleeding between periodsSwelling around vagina and anusBleeding after intercourseYellow discharge with a strong odor (Planned Parenthood, 2014)

Symptoms of Chlaymdia are usually mild and many people do not realize that that they have it.

Men Symptoms: Swollen or tender testiclesPain or burning from penisPus or watery discharge from penis(Planned Parenthood, 2014)

Symptoms of men and women:Abdominal pain, Low-grade fever, Painful intercourse, Pain and burning while urinating, Urge to urinate , Itching and bleeding around anus, Eye infection causing redness, itching, and discharge, Throat soreness and swelling(Planned Parenthood, 2014)

Who should be tested?

If Chlaymdia goes untreated 1 in 5 women develop a disease called Pelvic Inflammatory disease which can affect the ability to get pregnant (Planned Parenthood, 2014).Men develop a disease called epididymitis causing sterility and reactive arthritis. Reactive arthritis will cause swelling and pain in the joints (Planned Parenthood, 2014).

All women under 25 years old should be tested annually and all women who have risk factors such as multiple partners or a partner who has a sexually transmitted disease (Center for Disease Control, 2014). All pregnant women should be screened for sexually transmitted diseeases. All sexually active gay, bisexual, and all other men who have sex with men should be tested annually (CDC, 2014)

In Otsego County, Upstate New York, 169.4 men and 339 women per every 100,000 people were diagnosed with Chlamydia and the numbers continue to rise (Rosenberg, 2013).

Statistics

In 2014, 1,441,789 new infections were reported to the Center for Disease Control (CDC, 2015). 40% of women end up with Pelvic Inflammatory disease (CDC, 2015). One in five women with chlamydia lose the ability to have children (CDC, 2015)80% of individuals have no symptoms (CDC, 2015)

Where to get help?

You are able to get tested and treated for Chlamydia in any doctors office, walk in clinic, and for free confidential testing and treatment you can go to any local planned parenthood (Planned Parenthood, 2014).Many people are afraid to get tested, and afraid to talk about sexually transmitted diseases but don't be! We are able to help!

Vanessa L Strong

ReferencesCenter for Disease Control. (2015). Chlamydia - Cdc factsheet. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfactsheet-chlamydia.htmCenter for Disease Control. (2014). STD & HIV screening recommendation. Retrieved from www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htmPlanned Parenthood. (2014). Chlamydia. Retrieved from https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/stds-hiv-safer-sex/chlamydiaRosen, E. (2013).Otsego County communit health assessment.Retrieved from http://www.otsegocounty.com/depts/doh/documents/CHA2014.pdf


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