Chlamydia! The most common Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). Remember to not call it an “STD” (Sexually Transmitted Disease) because the angry people who are infected with it do not like being called “diseased”. There is a very disturbing finding in the city in which I attend school, which is the stats for CHILDREN UNDER 12 that are infected. Since Chlamydia is only spread through sexual contact, that means that children under 12 are sexually active. That disturbs me. Anyways, if you are infected with the organism Chlamydia Trachomatis you are treated with antibiotic therapy, and you are healed. The problem is being diagnosed. Males, with their main genitalia on the exterior of their body, present with more clinical symptoms i.e. red and sore sort of thing. Also, unlike females, notice the pus or white-ish discharge from the penile opening. Females in which a small amount of vaginal discharge is normal, typically do not notice a change. Also, since their sexual organs are on the interior of their body, they do not notice physical signs. If the infection goes untreated, women can become infertile as the infection spreads and can scar areas of the reproductive system essential in child-bearing. An interesting thing that can happen in untreated Chlamydia infections is that the organism can travel to the fluid around your joints known as synovial fluid!
Man and women marry, and live happily for 2 years, then woman gets pregnant. Women and prof go to doctor for check-up and doctor asks to run an STI screen test, just in case. (Chlamydia can be passed from mother to child during birth causing eye infections). Women’s test comes back positive for chlamydia. Man has to admit to affair. BAM.