Chlamydia Infection in Males
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted
disease, or STD, caused by the organism Chlamydia
trachomatis. Sexually transmitted disease refers to any contagious
disease transmitted from one person to another during sexual contact. In men,
the infection normally involves the urethra. The urethra is the tube that
carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.
What is going on in the body?
The organism Chlamydia trachomatis causes chlamydia
infection. It infects the cells and causes a number of changes. The organism is
usually passed from one partner to another during sexual intercourse.
Irritation and inflammation of the man's urethra from the infection often
causes symptoms. Other areas of the body, including the rectum and the throat,
can also become infected with chlamydia.
What are the causes and risks of the infection?
The organism that causes a chlamydia infection is usually passed
from one partner to another during sexual intercourse. Any other intimate
contact of the genitals, mouth, rectal area, or the sharing of sexual toys can
transmit the organism from one individual to another.
A man's risk of chlamydia infection is increased if he has more than
one sexual partner.