Chlamydia — the chameleon of the pathogenic germs

Jurgen Hennecke, MD, specialist in general medicine
When a therapist says to a patient, "I've run a chlamydia test on you!", there are often two different reactions. Some say, "What is that? Never heard of it!" Others panic, im­mediately want to swallow antibiotics, and suspect their partner of infidelity. In any case, the therapist must provide an explanation. What is Chlamydia and what can it cause? What is the meaning of a positive energetic test?
Chlamydia Pathogens
Chlamydia are small Gram-negative bacteria that can only multiply intracellularly. Until 1970, they were considered viruses with parasitic properties. They occur in many forms and infest humans and many animal species. Outside the host cell, they occur as metabolically inactive, but very resistant elementary bodies (EB). If they come into contact with epithelial cells (e.g., eyes, respiratory tract, urogenital tract), they can penetrate into them. Within the cell, they transform into metabolically activ...

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