Researchers have made significant progress in finding a vaccine for Chlamydia, new studies have revealed. This would be a medical first according to the Canadian scientists who have developed the vaccine prototype.

These findings have been published in the medical journal, Vaccine, and have proven that laboratory mice have been able to fight off the disease, after being infected with the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria and given the immunisation.

The vaccine was given to the mice in the form of a nasal spray. As well as being more likely to fight off the symptoms of Chlamydia, the treated mice produced less of the bacteria which spread the disease; they were also less likely to have damaged fallopian tubes as a result of Chlamydia.

Professor James Mahony; a member of this research team at Ontario’s McMaster University feels the results are very promising is hopeful about the future of the immunisation.

 

Information on Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the best known and possibly most common sexually transmitted disease, both in the UK and internationally. According to figures recently released by Public Health England, there were more than 200,000 reported cases of Chlamydia in the UK in 2015. Over 129,000 of patients diagnosed with the disease were between the ages of 15 and 24.

Most commonly, Chlamydia is contracted through the practice of unprotected sex. It can also, however, be spread through infections in the eye. Chlamydia is one of the leading causes of blindness in less economically developed countries.

There is currently no approved vaccine to protect humans against Chlamydia. One of the biggest dangers of the infection is that people are not always able to notice the symptoms.

 

Symptoms

When the symptoms of Chlamydia do present themselves, it is most commonly in the form of burning pain with urination and blood in the urine, abnormal vaginal discharge, severe pelvic pain, and increased urinary frequency.

Patients suffering from any of these signs and symptoms are strongly encouraged to seek immediate medical advice, as Chlamydia can lead to long term issues including infertility and pelvic inflammatory disease if not treated early on.

 

Treatment

In the vast majority of cases, Chlamydia can be treated easily and effectively. There are two commonly prescribed antibiotics used for the treatment of the illness; azithromycin and doxycycline.

Patients will usually be advised to take either four tablets in one go or two capsules once a day for a week. 95% of patients who take these antibiotics correctly make a full recovery shortly after beginning treatment.

 

Prevention

Medical practitioners advise people to focus on preventing the spread of Chlamydia. The best form of protection from the disease, according to all experts, is the use of condoms.

According to Public Health England, all sexually active people under the age of 25 should get tested for Chlamydia a minimum of once a year and every time they change partners.

 

Sexual health clinics in Richmond

There are a number of clinics and walk-in centres for patients in the Richmond area. These allow you to get tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections, including Chlamydia. The Contraception and Sexual Health (CaSH) service in the borough of Richmond provides a free Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening program for 16 to 24 year olds. This is a part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme.

Teddington Health and Social Care Centre is open twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. On Tuesdays, the centre is lead by nurses. Patients of all ages are welcomed for free emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, contraceptive pills, abortion referrals and cervical smear services.

On Thursdays, the practice is run by doctors and offers specialist services including diaphragms, intra-uterine devices, IUD and IUS removals, contraceptive implants and implant removals. Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screenings are available at Teddington on both Tuesdays and Thursdays.