Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) in Ireland, it was confirmed.
According to a report the Irish Independent, Chlamydia remains the most regularly observed MST in Ireland with 7,408 notifications of the disease in 2017, an increase of 8% over 2016.
There was an increase of 6% for men and 11% for women, respectively, while more than half of cases are diagnosed among 15 to 24 year olds.
Chlamydia, caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, is often asymptomatic in both men and women, which means that many people with STDs are not really conscious of having it.
If symptoms occur, they are more likely to develop between one and 28 days after sexual contact with an infected person.
Chlamydia can infect the cervix of the uterus, the urethra (the tube through which you urinate), the uterus (uterus), the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, the testes, the rectum ( back passage), the pharynx (throat) and sometimes the eyes.
The chlamydia test is simple and pain-free, and a diagnosis can be made through a male urine test and a swab sample in women.
The HSE says that people diagnosed with chlamydia are offered a screening test for other STIs, including HIV, hepatitis B, syphilis and gonorrhea.
They also say that anyone diagnosed with the disease should inform sexual partners during the previous 6 months of the need for a screening test.
Chlamydia can usually be treated easily with antibiotics – sometimes in a single dose.
Chlamydia is the most common curable bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the western world and the number of people affected may be underestimated: at least 70% of women and 50% of infected men may be asymptomatic , according to the report. Health Protection Monitoring Center.