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  1. 1. Chlamydia Ryan Andrews Mr Holley H.I Period 6 12 november 2010
  2. 2. Journal • STDs are bad m’kay.
  3. 3. The Symptoms • If there are symptoms, they usually appear one to three weeks after sexual contact with an infected person. They may be mild and only last a short time. In women, symptoms include: • Increased or abnormal vaginal discharge • Pain or a burning feeling when urinating • Irritation or itching around the vagina • Bleeding after sexual intercourse or other abnormal vaginal bleeding • Pain in the lower abdomen or lower back, nausea, or fever, if the infection has spread to the uterus or fallopian tubes (where eggs move from the ovaries to the uterus) • Among infected men, symptoms are slightly more common and may include: • A clear, white, or yellowish discharge from the penis • A burning feeling when urinating • Burning or itching around the opening of the penis • Pain or swelling of the testicles • If chlamydia is spread through anal sex, rectal symptoms may appear. For both men and women, these include pain, discharge, and bleeding. The appearance of one or more possible symptoms of chlamydia warrants a doctor’s visit. • (Breguet )
  4. 4. How do you get it ? • Chlamydia and other STDs are not spread through casual contact. This means you can’t get chlamydia from a doorknob or toilet seat, or from shaking hands, hugging, or hanging out with someone who has it. It also is not spread through kissing. Chlamydia can affect anyone who has sexual contact with an infected person. In the United States, the highest rates of the STD occur among young women in their teens and twenties, and rates are higher among African Americans. Although about three million new cases appear in the United States each year, tens of millions more occur worldwide. • One reason young women are at such high risk for chlamydia is the fact that the cervix, the opening of the uterus (where a baby grows), of an adolescent girl is not fully developed. If the bacteria enter the body through her vagina, the underdeveloped cervix makes a better environment than a grown woman’s cervix for the bacteria to thrive. Young people may also be at higher risk because they are still developing their decision-making skills about sex and sexual activity. (Breguet )
  5. 5. How do you prevent it ? • You can prevent Chlamydia by “Chlamydia bacteria live in an infected woman’s vaginal secretions or in an infected man’s semen (fluid that carries sperm). This means that if someone has chlamydia, he or she can pass it to someone else during vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The greater the number of sexual partners a person has, the greater the risk of contracting chlamydia. A pregnant woman can also pass chlamydia to her baby during birth, which can cause a number of health problems for the baby.” (Breguet ) In other words you can prevent it by not having sex.
  6. 6. How do you treat it? • A patient receives antibiotic therapy if laboratory tests indicate infection with C. trachomatis. Uncomplicated chlamydia infection can be treated effectively with antibiotics such as doxycycline, azithromycin, erythromycin, or ofloxacin. A patient with risk factors for STDs or symptoms of the disease is treated presumptively with antibiotic therapy, even before the results of laboratory tests for chlamydia return. (Chang, M.D. )
  7. 7. What I learned • STDs are bad m’kay • I learned that Chlamydia is a very important STD and it is very common in the U.S actully it’s the most common one in the U.S
  8. 8. Works Cited • Breguet, Amy. "Chlamydia." Teen Health and Wellness. Rosen, 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2010. < rticle/83/chlamydia->. • Google images