Chlamydia is a very common and dangerous sexually transmitted disease that can lead to infertility. More than a million cases of Chlamydia are reported in the United States annually. Its symptoms begin to show one and three weeks after the infection begins. It is important to know one’s facts about this disease if one is sexually active. It is most common in teens and young adults. Following are the top six misconceptions around this disease that we will aim to debunk.
Number Six: If you have Chlamydia, you will know it
This disease often has no symptoms. It is very rarely tested for and is only diagnosed when a woman has issues in conceiving.
Number Five: Burning sensation during urination could just be a minor infection
This burning sensation could be an STD or a urinary tract infection. One should get it checked any way.
Number Four: If you do not have multiple partners, no need to get tested for it
It is recommended for all young sexually active people to test for Chlamydia on a routine basis irrespective of how many partners you have. People under 25 are at the higher risk of it. Its damage can go unnoticed for years but it can lead to serious health issues like pelvic inflammatory disease. That can lead to infertility and other complications.
Number Three: It cannot be treated or cured
Antibiotics can treat and cure Chlamydia. If you or your partner had Chlamydia, it is important to get tested three months later also in order to prevent re-infection.
Number Two: You only get it once
People believe they will always carry the antibodies for Chlamydia if they have been treated once. This is not true. Though you cannot pass it on if the disease is not active, you can get re-infected via an untreated partner.
Number One: You can get it from a toilet seat
The bacteria that cause Chlamydia cannot live outside the human body for too long. It is caused through sexual contact or contact with infected semen or vaginal fluids.