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Researchers hope for vaccine to combat chlamydia



The Statens Serum Institute tested a vaccine consisting of three injections and a nasal spray and published the research in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases. The test subjects were not disturbed by the unpleasant side effects and those who received the real drug, not the placebo, had an immune response to the bacteria.

"Very early stage"

SPI AIDS The Netherlands is a big deal. "This vaccine is at a very, very early stage and has only been tested in 35 people," Jan van Bergen, a doctor at the organization, told RTL.com. "We only looked at whether people were suffering from side effects and developing antibodies." According to him, it will take years before the vaccine comes out.

The first results are certainly promising. Dr. Frank Holman was involved in the study and says in The Guardian that they will now test whether the vaccine actually protects people against chlamydia.

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium that you get when you have sex with someone who has chlamydia. The bacterium causes contamination of the urethra, cervix, anus or throat. Chlamydia is easy to treat, but is the most common STD among young people in the Netherlands.

What are the symptoms?

Complaints with women

  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Pain and blood loss during or after intercourse
  • Loss of blood until you go through the period
  • More or abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Itching of the anus, (bloody) discharge in the stool or diarrhea
  • Severe lower abdominal pain, with or without fever
  • Pelvic infection with fever

Complaints with men

  • Pain or burning sensation when urinating
  • Separation from the urethra, especially in the morning
  • Itching of the anus, (bloody) discharge in the stool and diarrhea
  • Pain in the bag

(Source: SPD AIDS Netherlands)


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