Chlamydia


     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 oneís sexual partner, secondary bacterial
infections in pelvic organs, genitals or rectum., pelvic inflammatory disease,
liver infection, reiterís 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
babyís eyes, and pneumonia. The babyís eyes can be permanently damaged.