Chlamydia: 15 Things You Should Know (Part 1)

Chlamydia is a common STI that can be contracted from bodily fluids, and which infects millions every year. People should learn more about this disease in order to better prevent and fight it. Here are some facts about the condition that everyone should know. Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: Chlamydia Can Cause Sterility in Women

Having chlamydia is treatable, but if its left untreated, women can become sterile. Even the first time someone gets the condition, they have a 25 percent of a chance to never be able to have children again.

Number Fourteen: It’s Much More Prevalent in African Americans

African Americans are much more likely to have chlamydia. As of 2008, there have been almost 10 more times of blacks with the condition than whites, which is crazy.

Number Thirteen: Young People Have it the Most

Studies have shown that young people are the most likely to have chlamydia. Nearly ten percent of everyone between the ages of 25 and 39 have the disease.

Number Twelve: It Can Last a Long Time

People who have the condition can have it for a long time. It can stay in someone’s system for years.

Number Eleven: It’s Almost Always Symptomless

Practically 95 percent of cases will not experience any symptoms that have been related to chlamydia. Sometimes, the only way for one to learn whether or not they have the disease is to get tested.

Number Ten: You Can Be Born With It

Although the usual way to contract the disease is by sharing bodily fluids during sex, a child can be born with the disease. It is usually treatable at that point.

Number Nine: Having it Makes it Easier for HIV to Get In

Chlamydia may seem like a minor disease, but it can become a big problem in the future. For instance, it’s much easier for a body to accept HIV if they have chlamydia. Getting rid of chlamydia thus give a little more protection against HIV.

Chlamydia is a somewhat minor condition that more people should understand. Stay tuned for the next part of the article, which is coming soon!