ChlamydiaThe infection known as Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia Trachomatis. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is very common with men and woman, especially in teenagers. The problem with Chlamydia is that most of the symptoms are silent and go unnoticed. Many people fail to get treated until it has developed into something more serious. Regular testing for sexually active individuals is important because it is easily treated and curable with medication when detected early on. When not treated, many serious problem can occur as a result.

Problems that can result from non treatment of Chlamydia in women:

The bacteria infection Chlamydia can spread from the vagina deeper into the reproductive system in women. This can cause the fallopian tube to become infected. Problems can lead to a life threatening ectopic pregnancy. In about 10 to 15 % of women who go untreated, PID can occur. This is also known as pelvic inflammatory disease which can do permanent damage to the reproductive organs and tissue. Women can become infertile as a result. Women who have chlamydia are also at a higher risk of contracting HIV if exposed to the virus that causes AIDS.

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Problems that can result from non treatment of Chlamydia in men:

Complications are not as common in men as with women, but the risk is still there. Therefore, treatment is still of up most importance. Not to mention the chances of spreading the disease to other people. Men can have Chlamydia that spreads to the epididymis, which is the tube that transports sperm from the testis. This can be painful for men and cause fevers, as well as sterility, although rare. Rarely, men can have arthritis that is related to this infection that can have skin lesions. Inflammation of the eyes can occur as well. Inflammation of the urethra can also be present and is known as Reiter's Syndrome.

The risk of a pregnant woman passing Chlamydia to her baby:

A pregnant women that have had untreated chlamydia can have premature deliveries. The baby can also pick up the infection from the mother resulting in infections of the eyes and respirators tracts. This can cause conjunctivitis and pneumonia in newborns. This is actually said to be the leading cause of these problems in newborns. All pregnant women should be test for this because chlamydia can be easily cured with antibiotics. Other STD testing should also be conducted to rule out any other risk to the baby.

Disclaimer: This information is not in any shape or form a substitute for professional medical advice. Contact a doctor about any concerns or treatments.