Chlamydia Essay, Research Paper
Chlamydia are intracellular parasites that have many of the same physical characteristics of viruses. They cause inflammation of the urethra, vagina, cervix, uterus, fallopian tubes, anus, ovaries and epididymis. This is a common sexually transmitted disease among young adults and teenagers. About 75% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia have now signs of infection. Symptoms of this disease are vaginal discharge, urethral discharge, anal swelling, pain or discharge, reddening of the vagina or tip of the penis, abdominal pain, fever, discomfort on urinating, genital discomfort or pain. The risk of contracting this disease increases with unprotected sexual activity, sexual activity with multiple partners, and the use of oral contraceptives or an intrauterine device.
Infection with chlamydia can also lead to other health problems such as: sterility in female, infecting one?s sexual partner, secondary bacterial infections in pelvic organs, genitals or rectum., pelvic inflammatory disease, liver infection, reiter?s syndrome. Chlamydia can also cause early labor and delivery and can be passed from mother to baby during birth. Chlamydia infection in newborns can cause neonatal conjunctivitis, which is an infection in the baby?s eyes, and pneumonia. The baby?s eyes can be permanently damaged.