Understanding Chlamydia

Updated: Jul 5, 2019

Chlamydial Infections in Adolescents and Adults

Chlamydial infection is the most frequently reported infectious disease in the United States, and prevalence is highest in persons aged ≤24 years . Several sequelae can result from C. trachomatis infection in women, the most serious of which include PID, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. Some women who receive a diagnosis of uncomplicated cervical infection already have subclinical upper-reproductive–tract infection.

Asymptomatic infection is common among both men and women. To detect chlamydial infections, health-care providers frequently rely on screening tests. Annual screening of all sexually active women aged <25 years is recommended, as is screening of older women at increased risk for infection (e.g., those who have a new sex partner, more than one sex partner, a sex partner with concurrent partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection. Although CT incidence might be higher in some women aged ≥25 years in some communities, overall the largest burden of infection is among women aged <25 years.


Diagnosing Chlamydia

NAATs are the most sensitive tests for these specimens and therefore are recommended for detecting Chlamydia. At MedConsult clinic, we collect swabs specimens from the vagina or urethra as well as urine tests.


Treatment

The treatment of Chlamydia would prevent adverse reproductive health complications, eliminating chances of reinfection and the infection of other partners.

Treating persons infected with C. trachomatis prevents adverse reproductive health complications and continued sexual transmission, and treating their sex partners can prevent reinfection and infection of other partners. Treating pregnant women usually prevents transmission of C. trachomatis to neonates during birth. Chlamydia treatment should be provided promptly for all persons testing positive for infection; treatment delays have been associated with complications in a limited proportion of women

The recommended regimes that are provided by the MedConsult clinic involves the administering of; Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Erythromycin, Levofloxacin, and ofloxacin daily through oral ingestion.


The safest way to prevent the spread of Chlamydia is to practice safe sex with the use of condoms. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above or have had unprotected sex with someone suspected of having Chlamydia, then you should immediately schedule an appointment with your doctor.

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