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History of Chlamydia

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Alyssa Anderson

on 20 April 2015

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Transcript of History of Chlamydia

Chlamydia was first discovered in 1907 by Halberstaedter and Stanislaus von Prowazek in Berlin. They observed it in scrapings from an experimentally infected orangutan. Many had the accusations that Gonorrhea caused the symptoms but they are two different pathogens. Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.
History of Chlamydia
Chlamydia is transmitted through oral,vaginal or anal sex.
- can be contracted even if male does not ejaculate
- can be transmitted to baby during childbirth
- to prevent, have yourself and partner get tested negative
and only remain sexually active to one partner you know
has tested negative
- another way to prevent contracting Chlamydia is to always
use condoms, and use them correctly during intercourse
How Can Chlamydia be contracted?
75% of women and 50% of men infected with Chlamydia have no symptoms. It is usually passed unknown to partners, and is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Most symptoms become apparent in one to three weeks.
Common symptoms in women: abnormal vaginal discharge that may have odor, bleeding between periods, painful periods, abdominal pain with fever, pain during sex, itching or burning in or around the vagina, pain when urinating. Common symptoms in men: clear or cloudy discharge from tip of penis, painful urination, itching or burning around opening of penis, pain and swelling around the testicles. To diagnose, your doctor may use a swab to take a sample for the man's urethra, and cervix from the women, and the samples are sent to a lab.
Common Symptoms
Common oral antibiotics given to treat Chlamydia include azithromycin(Zithromax) or doxycycline. If treated, infection should go away within a week or two. Your partner should also be treated so it is less likely for the infection to come back. In some cases, women may even have to be hospitalized, and have intravenous antibiotics-medicine given through a vein-, and pain medicine. Once treated, you and your partner should be retested to ensure you have gotten rid of the infection. If left untreated, serious health risks can occur. In women, if chlamydia is left untreated, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, ectopic pregnancy, premature births, can be passed to child which can lead to blindness, eye infection or pneumonia in newborn. In men, if infection left untreated it can lead to nongonococcal urethritis, epididymitis, or proctitis.
Treatment/Cure for Chlamydia
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