Chlamydia infection

chlamydia-infection

Chlamydia infection is a contagious disease caused by Chlamydia trachomatis

Chlamydia infection is a contagious disease caused by the bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis. The most common reason for contracting this infection is from sexual contact from an infected individual. Chlamydia infection is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections that occur in humans.

Although more women are infected with Chlamydia, symptoms of infection are more likely in men. According to studies, Chlamydia infection is highest in women aged 15 – 24years. That is why a special screening system has been developed to test women for Chlamydia infection in this age group.

In the United States Chlamydia trachomatis infection is a notifiable disease. This means that it must be reported to government authorities when it is diagnosed. Chlamydia infection is the most common notifiable disease reported in the United States.

Awareness of Chlamydia infection is slowly increasing. Rates of infection have decreased since the year 2000. The incidence of Chlamydia infection still remains high with about one and a half million new cases reported in the United States alone in 2012.