Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and has significant health implications. Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are unique forms of infection that require intimate contact to be transmitted, and that has surrounded knowledge regarding them to be surrounded by a halo of taboo and misinformation throughout centuries. In this article, we will discuss the symptoms of chlamydia in males and how you can detect that you may be suffering from a chlamydia infection.
Chlamydia as a sexually transmitted infection:
Chlamydia is a large family of bacteria of which chlamydia trachomatis is the most well-known. Chlamydia trachomatis infects various tissues and organs in the body including the eyes, the genital tract, the urinary tract, and other tissue such as the lungs. Chlamydia invades cells of these tissue, divide inside them, and then destroy them, infecting nearby cells. Chlamydia can be transmitted sexually along with other sexually transmitted infections including gonorrhea and even HIV.
Newborn infants can also be infected from their mothers while passing through the birth canal. Chlamydia infects their eyes and lungs causing chlamydial conjunctivitis and pneumonia, respectively. Chlamydial pneumonia can be severe and may need hospitalization in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).