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Oral Chlamydia History

Chlamydia (including oral chlamydia) is the most commonly reported STD in the US today. But because chlamydia can have no symptoms, there are likely twice as many infections than we think. The CDC identified a little over 1.5 million new cases in 2015, but they estimate that almost 3 million infections actually occur annually in the US*.

Where It All Began

In 1907, a man named Stanislaus von Prowazek discovered the disease in Berlin. The name translates (very loosely) from Greek to mean “cloak” which, as the story goes, is because of the bacteria’s ability to “cloak” the nuclei of infected cells. It’s kind of remarkable, given that Stanislaus figured this out by scraping samples from an orangutan.



Doctors had found success vaccinating against viruses like measles and mumps, and they attempted to vaccinate against chlamydia as well. There was some success, but following vaccination, some of the patients were even more susceptible to the bacteria and so trials were stopped.

While the research continues–and researchers have made strides toward a vaccine for humans–there’s still no vaccine available for chlamydia at this time.



Luckily for all of us, modern medicine has come a long way since 1907. You can easily treat this bacterial infection with just a single dose of antibiotics. Seven days later, you’re back in the game. That is, if you were responsible enough to get yourself tested**.

Many people living with chlamydia experience no symptoms at all, so they avoid testing themselves. However, with the advent of at-home testing and access to information about the symptoms***, testing and incubation timeframes, there’s no longer an excuse.


Test for chlamydia today and avoid becoming part of the fascinating history of chlamydia.


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