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Transcript of Chlamydia
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in people caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is a major cause of genital and eye disease and one of the most sexual transmitted disease in the world affecting over 1 million Americans alone.
How is Chlamydia Spread?
Chlamydia can be passes down during oral, vagina, or anal sex. It can also be as easily passed down in childbirth if the mother is infected. About half of women that have chlamydia infection in the cervix, and do know because they do not show serious symptoms. Most men infected by Chlamydia soon realize that they are infected because one of the most common symptom in men is a white discharge out the penis that can be very painful.
Signs and Symptoms
Women: Vaginal bleeding or discharge, pain in the abdomen, painful sexual intercourse, fever, painful urination or the urge to urinate more often.
Men: A painful or burning sensation when urinating, an unusual discharge from the penis, swollen or tender testicles, or fever.
An treatment option for patients chlamydia or gonorrhea is to participate in a patient-delivered partner therapy. This action of clinical practice treats the sex partners by providing prescriptions or medications to the patient to take to his/her partner without the health care provider first examining the partner.
Short Term Affects
Women:Bleeding between periods and/or after intercourse, unusual vagina discharge, painful sex, and painful urination.
Men: Burning sensation while peeing, unusual discharge from penis, tenderness and/or swelling of testicles.
Long Term Affects
Women: Cervictis (inflaming of the cervix which can lead to odorous vagina discharge), vagina bleeding after intercourse and/or between periods, and vagina swelling.
Men: Urethritis (inflaming of the urethra), damage sperm function, Epididymitis ( chronic pain, swelling, and redness of the testicles caused by urethritis), joint inflammation.
Incidence and Prevalence
From 1989 through 2008, the rate of reported chlamydia infection increased from 102.5 to 401.3 cases per 100,000 people.
One in five women with untreated chlamydia loses the ability to have children.
Up to 40% of women with untreated chlamydia develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
80% of women with chlamydia have no symptoms.
Local: STDCheck/KansasCity.com (you pay and they will send you a test kit to your house so you can have it examined and later have the results mailed back to you).
In State: The North Kansas City Hospital
In the Nation: The Westover Heights Clinic in Oregon
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