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Chlamydia “The bacterial infection chlamydia trachomatis is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). The Chlamydia bacterium can infect the cervix, fallopian tubes, throat, anus and male urethra”. (Henning, D., Alice, R., Sanci, L., Dunning. T., 2006) Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular organisms from bacteria that now comprise 3 species. “They include the following: Chlamydia trachomatis, Chlamydia psittaci, and Chlamydia pneumoniae.” (Bashour, 2007) It is a kind of bacteria that can infect the penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eye, or throat. Chlamydia is the name of several types of bacteria. One strain occurs primarily in the tropics and causes lymphogranuloma venerum – symptoms include skin lesions and swelling of certain glands in the genital area. According to Kirkland (2006), it is stated that an estimated 2.8 million cases of Chlamydia are reported in the United States each year. It is also mentioned that according to the CDC, there is an increase of more than 60% of Chlamydia cases undiagnosed and untreated. This percentage remains higher among females 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 years of age. Chlamydia can be transmitted during vaginal, anal or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her baby during vaginal childbirth. Since Chlamydia is known as a silent disease because about three quarters of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms so occur, they usually appear within 1-3 weeks after exposure. “Chlamydia infection is most wide spread in adolescents who reside in an inner city are at greater risk of contracting Chlamydia infection.”(Burns, N., Briggs, P., Gaudet, C., 2007) Usually, there are no symptoms. Seventy-five percent of women and fifty percent…...

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