There are many sexually transmitted infections. Chlamydia is one of them. It’s an infection that’s originally caused by Chlamydia trachomatis – a type of bacteria. There are different ways in which any person can get infected with this bacterium.
The most frequent way in which people get this infection is by having unprotected intercourse. It’s transmitted by infected vaginal fluid or semen. A person can also get it if they use sex toys that have been used by an infected person. A person can get it even if their genitals come in contact with another person’s genitals – so, fully intercourse is not required for transmission. If you come in contact with infected semen or vaginal fluids – especially if you get it in your eyes – you may get a chlamydia infection. Finally, a mother can transmit the disease to her unborn baby.
It’s important to be aware of the existence of any potential chlamydia infections. This disease is known to interact with AIDS, for example. It will make you much more likely to get infected with HIV and AIDS due to the creation of sores in vulnerable parts of your body. This will ease the transmission of HIV. And vice-versa – if you have HIV and Chlamydia at the same time, it means that your viral load will get increased. This will make it a lot more probable that you will transmit HIV if you have unprotected sex. It’s also important to consult your doctor for the medication that you take for treating HIV and Chlamydia – as they can have problematic interactions.
There is a number of things that you need to do in order to protect yourself from getting the infection. The best thing to do is to abstain from sexual intercourse altogether. But this is not always possible. So, the first thing to do is to always have protected sex. It’s advised that you use condoms for protecting the sex toys and to wash them after use. Dental dams and latex materials are also recommended for various sex practices. Be mindful that taking contraceptive pills has nothing to do with the prevention of the STIs – and in specific, for preventing Chlamydia.
If you suspect that you have a Chlamydia infection, then you should immediately consult your doctor. Abstain from having any intercourse until you get cleared or treated – so as to not transmit the infection. In most cases, chlamydia can be cured by taking a short course of antibiotics.
If you don’t resolve the problem ASAP, then Chlamydia may start spreading around the body and cause problems. You may experience increased vaginal or penile discharge and pain in the surrounding areas. In rare cases, men may even become sterile.
So, it’s very important to prevent the spread of Chlamydia and to protect yourself and others. Taking a test if you suspect that you’re infected is very important. Always try and talk about your partner’s sexual history in order to determine whether it’s probable they carry an infection. Follow the advice from above and you will be able to maintain your sexual health.