Can Chlamydia Lay Dormant And Be Passed On?
Because chlamydia can be dormant for years without being symptomatic, infected persons may easily transmit the disease to sexual partners without knowing. The ability to lie dormant may also be a reason why chlamydia is so good at hiding in the digestive system despite being eradicated elsewhere.
Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs and is often totally asymptomatic. Chlamydia affects as many as 3 million new Americans every year. The statistics on chlamydia are shocking and important to recognize. 1 in 4 men show no symptoms and only about 30% of women show active symptoms. This means you have to be aware of the risk you might have an infection without symptoms and get tested regularly to be sure you stay safe. With myLAB Box™, you can stay on top of your STD or STI testing and be aware of any infections flying under your body’s radar. Chlamydia is easily transmitted to unsuspecting partners, but is also easily cured. Untreated, it can cause unpleasant symptoms and eventually infertility.
Chlamydia is primarily transmitted through sexual contact. It’s important to note, however, that chlamydia is not transferred through contact with infected fluids or medical instruments that have been contaminated. The organism, chlamydia trachomatis, has very specific requirements for its survival and growth. Chlamydia cannot live outside the body. It is spread through direct, wet, contact with infected semen or vaginal fluids. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her unborn child.
Chlamydia can lie dormant in your body for many years and cause a low-grade infection that rarely presents any flare-ups. There is a greater chance of flare-up if your immune system has become weakened due to a severe cold or flu, cancer, HIV, or other severe illnesses. Although some symptoms can appear within weeks of contact, there have been reports of chlamydia remaining dormant for over twenty years. If you have had recent sexual contact and wonder about chlamydia infections, don’t hesitate to test. Listen to your body. If you’ve had any unprotected sexual encounters and want to be tested, contact myLAB Box™.
Chlamydia can return, even after treatment.
Recent research has concluded that the same chlamydia infection can return even after treatment because of its ability to survive inside a person’s stomach. Chlamydia is one of the most common STDs in the US and is the most common to be re-infected. Around 26% of infected people end up getting the disease again. That means that you don’t build a tolerance to the infection if you’ve ever contracted it in your past.