How A Sexually Inactive Child Maybe Infected With Chlamydia

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Chlamydial Infection

Chlamydia trachomatis is the most common species of Chlamydia and C. trachomatis infection is the most reportedly case of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). A disease of the eye called trachoma is caused by the trachoma strains of C. trachomatis.

For STDs, condoms can prevent possible transmission. But abstinence is still the best choice for STD prevention.

But is it possible for a sexually inactive child to be infected with Chlamydia? Yes.

If for example, a Chlamydia-positive mother is pregnant. The newborn can be infected as it passes through the birth canal. Other modes of transmission are from eye to eye transmission via droplets, hands, contaminated fomites or flies.

As the Chlamydia stays inside the digestive and respiratory tract of the child, the infection can be further transferred through fecal contamination and respiratory droplets.

Moreover, it has been reported that Chlamydial infection is endemic in communities where there is an inadequate personal hygiene and sanitation and lack of medical care.

Therefore, cleanliness may still play a big part in fighting against this disease. Food safety training can be done in those areas and proper hygiene should be taught.

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3 comments:

Anna said...

Thank you for this.

Cascia said...

Excellent information. Thank you for sharing!

Jane Jane said...

To Anna and Cascia, no prob. :)

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