It cures well over half of cases, and doesn’t require follow up treatment.
Chlamydia is something you definitely want to avoid. As the most common bacterial STI out there, as declared by the World Health Organization, it’s sneaky. Most people infected with the bacteria have no symptoms at all but it can go on to damage your reproductive system, if left untreated.
If you do have symptoms, you may recognize them when experiencing excessive discharge from your genitals, and a burning feeling while peeing.
Can anything cure it? Yes, so far antibiotics have done the trick.
But recently, chlamydia has developed a growing bacterial resistance. The antibiotics traditionally used to treat it are now not always effective.
Cue, the Canadians. Researchers at the University of Waterloo, in Canada, have, thankfully, stumbled upon a new treatment. Their cure centers around a type of gene therapy delivered via nanotechnology.
The treatment isn’t foolproof, but so far it’s cured more than half of the cases it’s tackled, (65 per cent), and done so on a single dose.
How soon will it be available? Hard to tell, but hopefully the wait isn’t too long.
“As the Food and Drug Administration in the United States has recently approved the first siRNA-based drug for market, we’re hopeful this kind of research will be able to be widely available in the future,” said Emmanuel Ho, a professor at Waterloo’s School of Pharmacy.
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