More than 60 million people are estimated to have chlamydia globally. This makes the infection one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, most of the people who are infected have no idea of their status.
Chlamydia is treatable. But the nature of its symptoms might make it go unnoticeable until it has done considerable damage to the body.
Learn more about this infection, including its symptoms, transmission, treatment and possible complications.
What is Chlamydia?
The bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis causes chlamydia, or more precisely a chlamydia infection. It is not a major health threat, but it has the potential to become one when it is not treated early.
The name of the bacterium came from a Greek word that translates to “cloak”. This came from a wrong assumption of it “cloaking” infected cells’ nuclei.
Chlamydia bacteria are dependent on the host cells for survival. They continue to thrive in infected individuals for as long as they have access to nutrients from the diets of their hosts.
The infection is quite common. This is mainly because the people who have it are often not aware and so continue to spread it unknowingly.