Chloe is a persistent, sneaky, and quick acting bacteria. Once Kelli contracts her, she will engage in a battle with the immune system that will leave you at the edge of your seat.
hi everyone!! I'm a Chlamydia bacteria, but you can call me Chloe. Tonight we are going on an adventure!
the first line of non-specific defense is the acidity and mucus, that tries to trap me, inside the vagina. but that wont stop me!
be careful, I'm SUPER CONTAGIOUS!
you see, Sam here is infected with CHLAMYDIA! chlamydia is a bacterial infection
I'm most commonly found in developing countries
you see, I'm a Sexually Transmitted Disease. I can be transferred through oral, vaginal, or anal sex, and specifically through the penis, vagina, cervix, urethra, anus, throat, and even EYES!
one can prevent against me using a condom or a dental dam. but because they did not use protection or have proper communication of sexual history, Sam spread me to Kelli. If left untreated, I can cause PERMANENT damage to the reproductive system!
but because Chlamydia is often asymptomatic, I didn't even know I had it! I had unprotected sex with a new partner in months... have I had it for that long?
ouch! I am experiencing abnormal discharge, burning during urination, lower belly pain, and unusual sores! I must get antibiotics from my doctor after a diagnosis using an NAAT
I'm stubborn and will linger even after symptoms have subsided
but, what many don't know is that they have to take the FULL COURSE of antibiotics to get rid of me!
thanks for sending the message, macrophage. I'm the helper T cell. I will help form Effective T Cells to mediate the immune response, and Memory T Cells, so we will never see Chloe around here again!
oh no! the macrophage has eaten me! now he will display my antigens so I'm easier to identify. the whole system will know me! good thing I duplicated...
You've awakened the immune response. I'm coming after your antigens, which is the trace you left behind!
I'm the B cell, prepare to be tagged with homemade antibodies specially designed to weaken your power and to identify you easier to DESTROY!
I have infected all these healthy cells!
the B cell caught me and enabled the humoral immune response before I could harm...
I, the natural killer cell, have spotted you as the infected cell ceases to produce the major histone compatibility complex protein! I must send perforin to kill you!
I'm the almighty memory cell, to make sure that, with proper usage of antibiotics, Chloe will NEVER return here again. this is called natural immunity. unfortunately, there is not a vaccine against her yet, which accounts for artificial immunity. we successfully have her antigens on file and will have a much quicker immune response next time she wants to come around. we're ready.
hey, its the cytotoxic T cell. you guys are infected BEYOND REPAIR. I'll have to secrete cytotoxins and perforin to get rid of you!