Chlamydia is an STI that is especially common in teens and young adults. Due to its rampant rise, most developed countries require sexually active adults to be tested annually for this disease. While it is a relatively simple infection, untreated chlamydia can lead to serious health problems and even infertility in some cases.
Chlamydia is a completely curable sexually transmitted infection. The bacteria that causes chlamydia, Chlamydia Trachomatis, can be eliminated from your system with effective antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin or several bi-daily doses of doxycycline is usually enough to cure this STI completely. While chlamydia can be cured 100%, the infection can always return. The proper treatment provides a 100% cure rate for an active infection but does not confer immunity against future reinfections.
Since the risk of complication is too high, it is always a good idea to visit your healthcare provider at the earliest signs of a chlamydia infection.
CAN YOU GET RID OF CHLAMYDIA 100%?
A bacteria causes chlamydia, and like all other bacterial STIs, whether you can get rid of it or not depends on the strain. In most cases, taking proper and effective treatment for chlamydia will get rid of the infection without risk of relapse or remission. However, there are antibiotic resistant strains that are not curable.
Bacterial STIs are usually completely curable as opposed to their viral counterparts. This is because bacteria, unlike viruses, are highly susceptible to antibiotic treatment. Viruses, on the other hand, can escape medication, antibodies, and other protective mechanisms by simply becoming latent.
Viruses can also incorporate their genetic material into the host's genetic material and manipulate the body's defense mechanisms. They can frequently change their genetic code to escape antigen marking, which provides extra protection. Most bacteria, in comparison, do not possess any such defensive tactics and can be flushed out with a course of antibiotics.
Chlamydia can often be cured with a single-loading dose of azithromycin. Oral doxycycline taken bi-daily for 7 days is also an effective treatment option for chlamydia.
Taking this treatment is not only beneficial but also necessary, as untreated chlamydia can lead to a plethora of complications. These include ascending infections – which may lead to a painful condition known as a pelvic inflammatory disease. Superinfections with other pathogens, especially other STI-causing pathogens, are also very common.
In extreme circumstances, untreated chlamydia can even lead to infertility in both men and women.
CAN I GET RE-INFECTED WITH CHLAMYDIA?
Although chlamydia is curable, you can get re-infected with chlamydia even if you have had it before. This is because, unlike chickenpox, having chlamydia once does not provide lifelong immunity against the bacteria that causes this infection.
While the possibility of reinfection with chlamydia is real, you can always decrease the risk with a few simple measures.
Like any other STI, chlamydia spreads through sexual contact. You can adopt safe-sex behaviors to decrease or eliminate your risk of acquiring this infection. Some of the ways that you can decrease the risk of acquiring chlamydia include:
- Use a condom before any sexual act, including vaginal, oral, and anal
- Using a new condom before every sexual act
- Limiting your sexual partners
- Getting checked for STIs regularly