The current generation of millennial ages, has seen a drastic increase in STD’s and STI’s. This increase has gone from 500,000 reported STD in 1997 to 1,250,000 in 2015. Not only is this more than double the amount of STD in past years, it is also scary to think that these are the numbers from only people who choose to report about their STD. All of the potential STD cases lingering around in everyday society that goes untreated and unreported is a scary epidemic in its own. With this staggering information, on the untreated and unreported cases of STD, it causes questioning of why this major issue is going on untreated and unreported.
Could the cause of this, be the fact that people are simply unaware of the Chlamydia symptoms? Could the cause be that some people know that they have a STD, but are too afraid to admit through reporting that they do? No matter the reasoning’s behind not getting treated and not reporting it, having a untreated STD is very harmful to every person involved, both the giver and receiver.
What is Chlamydia? Know more about it
Chlamydia (Klahmih dee ah) is a very small parasitic bacterium that, like a virus, requires the biochemical mechanisms of another cell in order to reproduce. Bacteria of this type cause various diseases including trachoma, psittacosis, and nonspecific urethritis. In other words Chlamydia is an infection that is caused by any type of bacteria passed during intercourse. According to the CDC in 2014 there were 1,441,789 reported cases of Chlamydia throughout all 50 states in the United States.
This number had increased from the year 2013 by 2.8%, making a jump from 453.4 cases out of 100,000 people in 2013 to 456.1 cases out of 100,000 people. That is a large percentage of people that are getting treated for Chlamydia, when you take in account each states population. Again, remembering that these are only the reported cases of this STD, this number has the potential to be larger than this.
Full List of Chlamydia Symtoms
There may be some who have Chlamydia but do not know because Chlamydia has no symptoms. Around 70-95 percent of woman with Chlamydia don’t have symptoms, and 90 percent of men don’t have symptoms either.
Although there are not many symptoms per say that Chlamydia directly causes, some signs that you can look out for would be painful urination, swelling of the genitals, and abnormal bleeding. These are just a few of the signs that you should be aware of when it comes to this serious STD. If you are experiencing even of these, or just want to be on the safe side, the best thing that you could do for yourself is to go and get tested.
That is why it is so important to spread awareness in this day in age where casual sex has become the hot new thing. Unfortunately, with every hot new thing there is always a chance of having some type of issues that could set you back some.
The issues however with a STD is more life threatening then say difficulties with the hottest new phone that came out. Just as you want to be aware of the hottest new phone you should to be aware of the most common STD which is Chlamydia.