The Latest News on Controlling Chlamydia
Research has shown that the incidences of sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea have declined while Chlamydia and syphilis cases continue to rise at a very alarming rate. The cases of Chlamydia have recently increased to 1.03 million as per the report by the doctors in the United States; this is the highest record ever. The report also stated that the Chlamydia is estimated to have around 2.8 million new cases annually which are quite alarming.
The biotechnology company Atlas Genetics has come with a new test that can detect Chlamydia with the intention of reducing the rate at which the disease is spreading. The biotechnology company just won approval from the EU to sell this device. The device can identify and detect infectious diseases like Chlamydia in 30 minutes ensuring that the patient gets the results and treatment in a single medical brief.
The WHO stated that 49 million sexually transmitted infections occur annually, the new diagnostic tool has come in handy and can be the means to help in the fight against the spread. The minds behind the new inventions are Professor Christ Frost and Dr. Toby Jenkins. The device is said to be effective because it uses DNA probes and have bespoke electrochemical tags connected to detect the infectious diseases faster and accurately.
Research shows that women aged 15 to 24 experience many Chlamydia and gonorrhea infections. Most of which are never diagnosed hence left untreated leading to serious consequences with more than 2400 women suffering from infertility yearly due to the infection.
This is a significant step in the fight against infectious diseases since the patients can be diagnosed and given medication immediately reducing the risk of spreading because Chlamydia doesn’t show any symptoms in its early stages.
Chlamydia is the only STI in Europe that is reported more among women than men. There are no vaccines for the disease, but it can be effectively treated with antibiotics if detected. The disease has a greater risk for women because it often leads to infertility in women if not detected early enough.
Primary prevention is however still the key. Health and sex education are the foundations of Chlamydia prevention. Most countries have a surveillance system and have developed screening programs hence the overall decrease in cases across Europe.
However, the Chlamydia infection rate is increasing in some areas because the infection is asymptomatic hence people stay with the disease for a longer time before getting tested since the systems are normally not evident in the first few years. The difference in the testing method may also be a problem meaning that many infections are not being diagnosed and reported.