Got the HPV Vaccine? Excellent, But . . .

"You Still Need to Use a Condom"

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, over 1 million cases were reported in 2006. That number is definitely low because most people infected with chlamydia do not know they have it. An infection can be serious without causing symptoms.

Why is chlamydia such a serious sexually transmitted disease? This frequently “silent” disease can damage a woman’s reproductive organs and the damage can be irreversible. Chlamydia can render a teenager infertile for life. More than 50% of all preventable cases of infertility among women result from chlamydia infections, and three quarters of all women infected have no symptoms.

Female Condom

You may have been smart to take the vaccine for HPV (human papilloma virus). That means you are protected against some of the many strains of HPV, but not all of them. However, the HPV vaccine does not protect you against any other sexually transmitted disease, including HIV and chlamydia, so it is up to you to protect yourself.

The best way to protect yourself against infection with chlamydia is to use condoms. If your partner does not like the inconvenience of using a condom himself, you can take control by using a Reality Female Condom. Female condoms are not difficult to use and many people report preferring their feel to a traditional male condom.

It also makes sense for sexually active people to be periodically screened for chlamydia. Even though the disease can be “silent,” it is easy for a doctor to detect it with a urine sample or swab.

Men can get chlamydia, also, and they frequently have no symptoms. Men can also be tested by a doctor for “silent” chlamydia infections.Sometimes a chlamydia infection will cause a discharge from the penis and can cause a burning sensation during urination. Some men develop itching around the opening of the penis, and rarely a man’s testicles can swell as a result of the infection.

The best way to prevent the spread of chlamydia is to use condoms.

Chlamydia can be passed from a pregnant woman to her newborn child, in whom the disease can infect the throat and eyes. Chlamydia can be cured with appropriate antibiotic treatment, but it is much smarter to prevent the infection in the first place.

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