What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia Trachomatis. Chlamydia Trachomatis is found in the semen and vaginal fluids of men and women that are infected. The Chlamydia bacteria can infect both men and women. It is very easy to treat and cure Chlamydia.
Chlamydia is the most common STI in the UK today. It can infect both Men and Women, however young women are more at risk. Chlamydia can be easily treated, however it often does not show any symptoms in either men or women and so remains undetected. Often, Chlamydia infection is only diagnosed once it has caused further complications. At this point, treatment may be too late to prevent permanent damage.
How Common is Chlamydia?
The number of cases of Chlamydia diagnosed in the UK rose from 121,791 to 123,018 from 2007 to 2008. It is young people that are the most likely to be diagnosed with Chlamydia. In 2008, 65% of new Chlamydia cases diagnosed were in young people between the ages of 16 and 24.
Up to one in ten sexually active young people are thought to carry chlamydia.
How do you get Chlamydia?
Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. It is also possible for Chlamydia to be passed on from mother to baby during childbirth.
Anybody having sexual intercourse can be infected with Chlamydia. The more sexual partners that an individual has, the higher the risk of becoming infected with Chlamydia.