Chlamydia trachomatis, commonly called as Chlamydia, is the most common sexually transmitted infection on the planet. This is easily treatable with the use of antibiotics like doxycycline, azithromycin, ofloxacin etc
The diagnosis of Chlamydia is often missed since there are either no signs and symptoms or if present these are very mild in nature, in the early stage of the infection. If left untreated, the following symptoms may occur
Detection of bacterial DNA using PCR method is the diagnostic test of choice since this is most sensitive (Nucleic acid amplification test or NAAT)
The serology tests (ELISA / EIA) that detect antibodies may be used as screening tests.
The long term effects of Chlamydia, if untreated may be
HIV transmission cannot be eliminated if individuals do not know their HIV status (i.e., whether they are HIV positive or HIV negative). An HIV test is the only way to determine if a person is living with the virus.
An estimate of 2,100,000 individuals in India are living with the virus in 2015. Approximately 100,000 new HIV infections occur each year in India.
More than 50 percent of people living with HIV are unaware that they have the virus
STIs are sexually transmitted infections and are also called as STDs ie sexually transmitted diseases. These are infections that spread by sexual activity.
If you had sexual relationship with a person who may be a stranger or whose status you do not know, it is recommended to get screened for STIs.
The STIs may not show any symptoms for several weeks or months, hence testing is the safest option.
Ulcer/Sore/Blisters on private parts or around anus or mouth.
Irregular growth (warts) in genital area.
Abnormal smelling and discolored discharge from private parts
Rash/Itching on private areas of body
Pain while sexual intercourse
Vaginal bleeding or spotting after sexual intercourse
Lower abdominal pain
Pain or swelling of glands in genital area
Bacterial STIs can be easily cured with antibiotics if treatment begins early enough.
The viral STIs are very effectively managed with modern medicines. HIV is easily managed with ART provided it is detected early. People with HIV whose viral load becomes undetectable with ART can expect normal to near normal life spans.
It is possible to cure Hepatitis C. Hepatitis B can also be effectively managed.
Fungal and protozoal STIs can usually be cured too.
According to WHO , 1 million (10 lakh) STIs occur every day in the world. The good news is, with early detection these can be easily cured or managed.