Chlamydia / Male Bacterial STD
Chlamydia is a highly infectious and curable sexually transmitted disease caused by the
Trachomatis bacteria. As many as 3 million
people currently have it and are totally unaware.
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Approximately 75% of women, and 50% of men, donít know they are infected until a doctor tells them they are. As many as half of all young
people, between the ages of 16-25, have tested positive for Chlamydia. A culture test is conducted to rule out other sexually transmitted diseases.
Many people are asymptomatic, which means they can be symptom free. Any person who engages in unprotected sex should be tested for Chlamydia because, if left untreated, can lead to very serious complications in both men and women. The human body does not develop any immunity or resistance toward this sexually transmitted disease. This means that reinfection can reoccur if the person is exposed again.
Primary Mode of Chlamydia Transmission:
Having vaginal, anal, or oral sex without a condom. A non-lubricated condom should be used for oral sex for men and a dental dam, or cut-up condom laid flat for female oral sex.
If the unprotected vagina, cervix, anus, penis, or mouth come in contact with the highly virulent, infected secretions, or fluids, then transmission will most likely occur.
Eye infections may result when body fluids carry the bacteria into the eye during sex, or hand-to-eye contact.
A person is usually infected immediately upon exposure. Most people do not know they are infected and if any symptoms do occur, they usually surface within three weeks of exposure to the bacteria. A person is considered infected from the time they become infected until their treatment is completed. Only a qualified doctor can determine if a person is free of Chlamydia. Although a culture is the preferred way to determine infection, several tests are available.
Initial Chlamydia Symptoms If They Occur:
- Soreness, or redness in the mouth or throat.
- Inflamed, painful rectum (Proctitis).
- Painful or burning urination, (Urethritis).
- Swollen and inflamed eyelids Waking up with ďcrustedĒ eyes. (Conjunctivitis).
Advanced Chlamydia Symptoms:
- Unexplained nausea, sensitivity to smells, especially strong food odors.
- Fever, and possibly night sweats.
- Extreme fatigue and low back pain.
- Yellow tinged discharged from penis.
- Prostate enlargement due to prostate infection.
- Soft erections, or erectile dysfunction due to prostate enlargement.
- Blood tinged urine and bladder infection symptoms.
- Pain during ejaculation and/or during intercourse.
What Can Happen If Chlamydia Is Not Treated:
Infertility and Low Sperm Count: A chronic infection of the prostate gland can lead to infertility and low sperm count.
Kidney and Bladder Diseases: Untreated Chlamydia can lead to bladder infection (Cystitis) and then on to kidney infection/failure. Kidney failure can be fatal. Additionally, the urethra, the tube that empties the bladder, may become scarred leaving a man with the constant problems of a hypersensitive bladder, urinary urgency/leakage, and an unexplained pressure near the lower abdomen where the bladder is located.
Erectile Dysfunction: Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that can affect the sex glands and the prostate glands. A swollen prostate can choke off blood flow to the penis leading to the inability to achieve an erection (Erectile Dysfunction.)
The bacterium that causes Chlamydia can also cause Reiterís Syndrome.
What is unusual about the Chlamydia and Reiterís Syndrome connection is that the symptoms of Reiterís do not appear to be the result of a sexually transmitted disease.
Reiterís Syndrome Symptoms:
Only a licensed doctor can correctly diagnose Reiterís Syndrome.
- Nagging urinary tract problems. Bladder is very vulnerable to infection.
- Irritated red eyes that donít seem to clear up no matter how much eye drops or eyewash is used. Changing contact lenses or eyeglasses doesnít help either.
- Painful inflammation of joints, (arthritis) sometimes accompanying muscle aches and constant general body weakness. This form of arthritis can occur twenty years after contacting Chlamydia.
How Chlamydia Is Treated:
There are several different types of antibiotics that are generally prescribed. It is very important to see a doctor for the correct diagnosis
, because gonorrhea, another bacterial infection, can accompany Chlamydia. Do not try to self-treat yourself, or withhold from your doctor the fact that you have had unprotected sex, or that your partner may have had unprotected sex. Getting it out in the open may save you from more serious complications and teach you a very valuable lesson in protecting yourself in
the future. STDs usually comes in threeís.
Ignoring it will not make it go away. Your doctor WILL understand and only wants to see you well. Remember, what you tell your doctor is confidential under law. If you are short on funds, virtually every place in the United States has some kind of free clinic. Get out the yellow pages. Stop making excuses not to go and get checked out! Chlamydia is nothing to fool around with!
Go to Chlamydia Treatment Page
to learn more.
Go to AIDS
Treatment, for the natural approach to building up natural immunity against opportunistic infections. Another good page is
Natural Remedy for
Allergy, which discusses the immune system.
It is very important to support your body during Chlamydia treatment. Go to Natural Remedy for Chlamydia for important information.
How to Prevent Being Infected by Chlamydia:
In Order of Importance:
Chlamydia is a nasty, 100% preventable sexually transmitted disease. There is no reason on earth to contact it and most certainly not to treat it and get rid of it!
- Abstain from all sexual activity with another person outside of a mutually monogamous relationship.
- Wear a condom for intercourse, and a flattened cut up condom, or dental dam for oral sex and an unlubricated condom for male oral sex. Bear in mind that condoms are not 100% effective against all STDs.
- Agree to MUTUAL monogamy after both of you are tested negative for every known STD. Monogamy is having sex with only one partner.
And one more special note: It has recently been discovered that SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome) is caused by a nasty, potentially life threatening carnovirus, which is a strain of mutated Chlamydia.
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