These days more and more people are becoming infected with diseases that are known to be transmitted through sexual activities. These are otherwise known as STDs or the Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Although many diseases could be passed through unprotected sexual practices, one of the most common and prevalent is probably Chlamydia. What is Chlamydia? Chlamydia is a common STD that is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. This is in fact the most common STD in the US. However, many are still wondering what the real causes of transmission of Chlamydia from one person to another are. Is Chlamydia easy to catch? Can Chlamydia be passed orally?
Chlamydia can be transmitted through unsafe sexual acts, which includes anal and vaginal sexual intercourse. However, this type of STD cannot be transferred through kissing. Most cases of Chlamydia are symptomless or asymptomatic; however, in case symptoms are present, they usually appear 3 weeks after the infection or the sexual contact with an infected person. Women do have vaginal discharges, abdominal pain and painful urination and coitus. Presence of itching and burning in the genital parts of women can also be detected. Infected men can have symptoms such as pain and swelling of the testicles as well as the presence of itching and burning sensation of the penis.
Other ways or modes of transmission of Chlamydia include the contact of semen to open mucous membranes as well as the absence of any protection during sex such as condoms. Chlamydia; however is less likely to be passed from one partner to another through oral sex. This is because Chlamydia trachomatis usually attacks the genitals rather than the throat area. This is the reason why it is not common for Chlamydia to be passed from penis to mouth or vice versa.
Some women can even suffer from Chlamydia infection in the rectum even without any acts of anal sex due to the possible transmission of bacteria from the vagina through wiping with toilet paper. Chlamydia can even cause eye infections especially in the event of a hand-to0eye contact during sex. Nevertheless, this disease cannot be transmitted through hand shaking or sitting down on toilet seats. It is also very important for us to know that becoming infected again with Chlamydia is very possible even if we have already been cured or treated with the same disease before. This type of STD is also transferable from mother to newborn since babies that go through spontaneous vaginal delivery will have to pass through the infected vaginal canal, which can cause eye infections and other complications.
These are just some of the ways where we can expect Chlamydia to be transferred from one individual to another. Knowing and learning these pertinent facts and details about the possible modes of transmission of the Chlamydia bacteria can be very useful and helpful in preventing the occurrence of the said disease.