Why is Chlamydia Often Described as the Silent Disease?

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People infected with Chlamydia quite often display absolutely no symptoms. Around 70% of women and 50% of men infected with Chlamydia have no obvious symptoms. That is why Chlamydia is often described as the “silent disease”.

If left untreated, Chlamydia infections can develop into serious reproductive and general health problems. Like the disease itself, the damage that Chlamydia causes is often “silent.”

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What is the main cause of chlamydia?

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Chlamydia is a bacterial infection & is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK, which affects the cervix and the urethra in women and the urethra in men.

Accounting for almost half of all STI diagnoses in 2014 according to Public Health England figures.

It is usually associated with people under 25, making age a risk factor; however it can be caught by anyone. It can be treated and will cause no problems if caught early. However, if left untreated it can have an effect on your health.

Chlamydia is an infection caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, which is usually spread through sexual contact. This is a bacterium which infects cells in the cervix, urethra, rectum and sometimes the eyes or throat.

Chlamydia is the most common STI and, quite often, there are no outward symptoms to indicate that anything is wrong.  Chlamydia can, if left untreated, cause very unwelcome complications.

In up to 40 percent of women, untreated infections can spread into the uterus or fallopian tubes and cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). This can cause permanent damage to the fallopian tubes, uterus, and surrounding tissues and lead to chronic pelvic pain, infertility, and an ectopic pregnancy. Women infected with Chlamydia are up to five times more likely to become infected with HIV if exposed.

Chlamydia: Symptoms in Men & Women

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A large percentage of people with chlamydia will not encounter any obvious symptoms – 50% of men and 70-80% of women. However many do experience some signs of chlamydia and could recognize one or more of the following symptoms.

Men

  • Burning sensation when passing urine
  • Discharge from the urethra
  • Pain in the testicles

Women

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation when passing urine
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain during intercourse

Chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and can sometimes cause infertility in women.

In pregnant women, there is some evidence that untreated Chlamydia infections can lead to premature births. Babies born to infected mothers can get Chlamydia infections in their eyes and their respiratory tracts. Chlamydia is the most frequent cause of pneumonia and conjunctivitis in new-born babies.

Things you must know about Chlamydia (Infographic)

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK, accounting for almost half of all STI diagnoses in 2014 according to Public Health England figures. It is usually associated with people under 25, making age a risk factor, however it can be caught by anyone. It can be treated and will cause no problems if caught early. However, if left untreated it can have an effect on your health.

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