Daphne Joseph, a registered nurse with more than two decades experience dealing with AIDS and other STIs, discusses chlamydia.
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What STIs do doctors see most right now? Daphne Joseph: The one that comes to forefront for me is the Chlamydia, because many times people don't even know that they have it. A women would notice may be pain with the anal course, bleeding between periods, maybe some vaginal discharge and in men they could have pain with urination. They may notice these kind of things. But sometimes people have no symptoms at all. If Chlamydia is left untreated overtime, it can lead in women to pelvic inflammatory disease and later on, if they want to have children, they could have scar in the fallopian tubes, be unable to conceive or have ectopic pregnancies. It's easy to treat if it's found with antibiotics for men and for women and for me, but it's very common we see it very frequently on pap smears that we do on our patient. So come back, that like you never knew, but they have chlamydia. The thing about Chlamydia when you treat the person, the partner also needs to be treated, because if the partner is not treated they can reinfect the person again. So as one goes on the antibiotics, her sexual partner also needs to go on antibiotics. Take the full treatment which is about two weeks usually and then, you need to be retested after they are treated to make sure, that the infection us cleared. What exactly is Chlamydia? Daphne Joseph: Chlamydia is a bacteria and it's just a bacteria that can be killed by an antibiotic, but it causes the pain in the vaginal area for women, the spotting in between periods and it's very easy to treat. Bacteria like one or more surprises. We think about our genital area, is the perfect breathing ground. Find thousands of health videos at icyou.com.