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2009.06.28

Concerns about Chlamydia Infection

⋙ Common symptoms
Male:
  1. Urethral discharge
  2. Urethral tender
  3. Painful urination
  4. Swollen testicles
Female:
  1. Around 75%~90% of patients with chlamydia infection but without symptoms
  2. Irregular vaginal bleeding
  3. Painful urination
  4. Lower abdominal pain
  5. Pain during sexual activity
  6. Nausea, vomiting and fever

⋙ Screening Recommendations
  • A blood test:Antibody detection from blood to indicate previous chlamydia infection, but that cannot confirm whether there is an active infection at present.
  • A swab:The sensitivity of this method is 70~80% for a diagnosis chlamydia infection.
  • A culture:Cultivation has a high specificity and accuracy, but it takes time for cultivation of chlamydia trachomatis due to its intracellular bacteria characteristics.
     

⋙ Transmission and Precautions
  1. Transmission:
    Chlamydia infection that is sexually transmitted infection during infected semen, vaginal discharge, or blood contact.
  2. Please use condoms during sexual activity when receiving treatment.
  3. Do not worry that there are no sequelae of taking medication.
  4. Treatment of chlamydia infection will not form permanent immunity, after treatment, you should be precaution of chlamydia infection.
     

⋙ Does chlamydia infection cause infertility?
The purpose of chlamydia treatment is to prevent adhesion or obstruction of the fallopian tube. If the fallopian tube is normal, you still conceive normally!

⋙ Is there any sequelae after chlamydia infection in a baby?
Infants born vaginally via infected mothers with chlamydia infection, they may develop chlamydia conjunctivitis (10 days after birth) or chlamydia pneumonia (3~6 weeks after birth), which can be cured with antibiotics treatment without sequelae.