“I just got Chlamydia!” said Dr. Fab as she ran through the halls.
It was quite hilarious watching professors peeking out of their offices as I ran by. Once they caught sight of my newest microbe, they laughed and asked to hold my cute little Chlamydia.
Now who wouldn’t love a face like that??
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. It’s the most common STD in the US. Close to 3 million people have this disease. Eeeekk! That’s kind of a lot.
The really scary thing about Chlamydia is that you can harbor the bacteria and show no signs of infection. Not all STDs cause icky oozing or warts or itching or any other thing to let you KNOW something isn’t right down south. And if the bacteria grow unchecked, it can do permanent damage to a women’s reproductive organs and render her incapable of having children. Serious complications in men are rare but they can still spread it to an unsuspecting woman if they are having unprotected sex. Condoms are the only thing (besides abstinence) that will protect against any STDs. Birth control pills, implants, patches, etc don’t offer such protection.
So keep that in mind before you go get all naked with someone. Just because things look okay from the outside, they could be carrying a disease that can have devastating consequences, especially if you are a woman.
Make sure to visit the Giant Microbes website if you want to get your very own plushy of this disease or a host of others