How to beat an unseen epidemic: it looks like we're about to find the chlamydia vaccine

A few weeks ago the Ministry of Health warned that between 2013 and 2017 sexually transmitted diseases had grown by 26.3% each year. While the growth of syphilis and gonorrhea attracted media attention, the third in contention, chlamydia starred in its own boom, living up to its nickname: the "hidden epidemic."

And is that chlamydia is a complex infection that does not usually present striking symptoms until it is quite late. In this way, it spreads silently among a population that uses less and less condoms. Now the old dream of the vaccine Chlamydia trachomatis It looks like it will come true after a clinical trial has first demonstrated the safety of such a drug.

How to beat an epidemic that is not seen?

Sharon Mccutcheon

Is it that we have no treatment for chlamydia? We have treatment for chlamydia. Although the strains are becoming resistant, that is not the problem yet. The problem, as I say, is that this infection often has no symptoms and, without treatment, can lead to a huge string of complications such as infertility or an increased risk of contracting HIV.

The promise of the vaccine In recent years, researchers around the world have redoubled their efforts to find better tests to detect it early, but given the increase in risky behaviors worldwide, these types of improvements have not managed to stop the problem.

So the promise of a chlamydia vaccine has remained active in the minds of scientists. However, various attempts to put it into practice have failed. Until now, according to Lancet Infectious Diseases, for the first time an experimental vaccine has been successful.

Hope comes in the form of a clinical trial. In a small clinical trial of about 20 women, the vaccines showed no adverse reactions and, unlike the control group, they did show an immune response. The results have been so robust that everything seems to indicate that a treatment similar to the vaccine against human papilloma virus could be assumed.

The treatment is still in an early stage of development, but it gives hope that we can find new ways to fight infectious diseases just now that infections are becoming too real of a threat.

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