There could soon be a vaccine against chlamydia—but there are also sex health facts you need to know now! According to the Oxford Journal, the new vaccine is live attenuated—which means that the live vaccine replicates in a manner that is similar in function but having a different evolutionary origin to the target pathogen. It promotes the processing antigens in a way that is most similar to the natural infection.
“Furthermore, while replicating, the live vaccine presumably expresses all or most of its important target immunogens. This may be especially important for chlamydia, which exist in two developmental forms….. Live attenuated vaccines can also stimulate mucosal immune responses and are capable of inducing systemic humoral and cell-mediated responses. Clearly, live attenuated chlamydia has many advantages. However, a major potential drawback of an attenuated vaccine for use as a chlamydial vaccine is that antigens that could give rise to deleterious autoimmune or immunopathologic responses…”
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In plain English that means it is usually impossible for immune effector mechanisms to eliminate the antigen completely, when an autoimmune response occurs. There is a danger of chronic inflammatory injury to tissues, which can be deadly. This is why it’s so important to get tested if you’re at risk for STDs — and get treated immediately if you have one.
Here are 10 other Important STD risks from the CDC that could save your life or reproductive organs:
1. Chlamydia or gonorrhea can potentially cause scarring and damage to the fallopian tubes. The sooner you can treat and cure chlamydia or gonorrhea, the less likely they are to cause damage to your reproductive organs.
2. A STD can destroy your fertility, regardless of your gender.
3. If a STD or STI goes untreated for long enough, in women, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). It can and will damage your fallopian tubes.
4. If you have PID once, you have a likelihood of developing it again.
5. Transgender women, with gonorrhea and chlamydia can potentially have damage to your pipes as well.
6. The urethra and the ejaculatory duct — can be affected by STDs like gonorrhea and chlamydia too; they can be scarred.
7. Damaged fallopian tubes can prevent sperm from reaching and fertilizing the egg. If an egg does get fertilized, blocked tubes can also keep that fertilized egg from traveling successfully to the uterus. This can increase your odds of having an ectopic pregnancy and can even kill you.
8. Chlamydia and gonorrhea often have absolutely no symptoms at all, so you might not even realize you’re infected.
9. HPV (human papillomavirus) is the MOST common STI in the United States .HPV won’t damage your fallopian tubes in the same way that chlamydia and gonorrhea can — but treatments for HPV can make it harder for you to get pregnant.
10. Chlamydia Is the Most Commonly Reported STD in the U.S. Newsflash—most people who have it don’t even know it, because it often shows no symptoms. The highest rate of infection among 15- to 19-year-olds. Fifteen—wtf fact right there!
11. Cases of chlamydia and gonorrhea are most common in women under the age of 25. A woman is four times more likely to get a STD than to get pregnant.
12. STDs can be transmitted through oral sex. The only way to be 100% protected is with the use of a condom or dental.
13. You Can Get STDs In Your Eyes! Chlamydia and gonorrhea for instance, can infect the eye tissue if you your eye with your fingers that contain traces of the disease. These STDs are bodily fluids and can get in the throat, mouth, and anus too.
If you want to have the ability to carry children as a woman and not shoot blanks, as a man; you need to use condoms every damn time you have sex. And apparently wash your hands after and for the love of God, do not touch your eyes immediately either. Just in case.
And for any parent, either current or prospective who may be reading this; if you want grandchildren—scare the shit out of your kids with the consequences of “just once” we didn’t use a condom.