Sexual Health: What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia1Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). There’s often no symptom. Chlamydia is easily treated. However, it is easy to spread with or without symptoms. You should always use condoms for protection.
Chlamydia (Leah MIH dee ah) is an infection caused by a bacteria that is passed to another person during sexual contact. The bacteria is called Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamyida is a genus of pathogenic bacteria that are obligate intracellular parasites.It is the most common sexually transmitted bacterial infection in the United States. Nearly three million men and women in the United States are infected with chlamydia every year. It is particularly common among people who are under the age of 25. Chlamydia is three times more common as gonorrhea and 50 times more common as syphilis

What are Chlamydia Symptoms?

Chlamydia usually does not exhibit any symptoms. Most people are not aware that they have a chlamydia infection, particularly women.
Nearly 70-95 percent fo women have no chlamydia symptoms. 90 percent of men do not exhibit chlamydia symptoms.

If you have chlamydia symptoms, they would typically begin within 5 to 10 days after you’ve been infected.

Women with chlamydia symptoms may experience the following symptoms.

abdominal Pain
abnormal vaginal discharge
low-grade fever
pain or burning while urinating
painful intercourse
vaginal bleeding after intercourse
bleeding between menstrual periods
yellow discharge from the cervix that may have a strong smell
painful intercourse

When men have symptoms They may experience the following:

tender or swollen testicles
pain or burning during urination
water or milk-like, or pus discharge from the penis
swelling around the anus

Both men and women who have chlamydia may expire anal irritation, which causes itchiness and bleeding. It can also result in anal itching and cause diarrhea. If the chlamydia bacteria comes into contact with the eyes, it can cause redness, itching, and discharge. If chlamydia affects the throat, it may cause soreness.

Chlamydia symptoms may only appear in the morning, and my be mild, particularly in men. This is why many people are not aware that they have the infection. If you are or your partner has any of these symptoms, you should get medical treatment as soon as possible.

Chlamydia3Chlamydia Complications

Since chlamydia has few or no symptoms, it can go treated for a long time. If chlamydia is not treated, it can become a serious health treat. Chlamydia may cause PID, pelvic inflammatory disease – one out of five women who go untreated get PID. If PID is untreated, then it may affect a women’s ability to become treated. Testing and treatment of chlamydia reduce the risk of PID.

In men, untreated chlamydia can result in epididymitis; then it can lead to sterility. In rare cases, this can lead to reactive arthritis, which causes various conditions such as swelling and pain in the joints.

To prevent these type of complications, you should get a test if you notice any symptoms or think you’ve been exposed to chlamydia.

You can find out if you have chlamydia by getting tested, a health care provider can do a test to see if have chlamydia if you do not have any symptoms. You doctor can test discharge from the service, or may use a swab or other instrument to take cell samples from the urethra, cervix, penis or anus. You can also have a urine tested.

Treatment of Chlamydia

Chlamydia is simple to the treat, if you have chlamydia, will be prescribed antibiotics. One type of chlamydia treatment can is taken in on the dose. Other types of chlamydia testament must be taken for seven days. Your doctor will prescribe the best treatment for you.
The treatment that you will receive depends on the infection site, the age of the patient and whether you have other infections.
You and your sexual partner must be treated for chlamydia before you have sex again to prevent becoming re-infected. Some heath care providers will give you antibiotics to take home to your partner. These antibiotic medications include azithromycin, erythromycin or ofloxacin. They may also ask you to be retested for chlamydia in 3 to 4 months. You should make sure you take all the prescribed medicine. Even when your symptoms go away, the infection may still be in the body.

You should make sure your partners are treated above you have sex again, so you do not infect each other.

Do not share your medicine with anyone
You should get tested three months to make sure the infection is gone,

How is chlamydia spread

Chlamydia is spread by vaginal and anal intercourse. It is rare that chlamydia is spread during oral sex or by touching your eye with your hand. It can also be spread from woman to the fetus during birth.

How do you prevent getting and spreading chlamydia

Abstain from vaginal and anal intercourse. If you have vaginal or anal intercourse you latex condoms every time. Giving or getting chlamydia during oral sex is rare, but you can reduce risk by using latex or plastic barriers. If you do have chlamydia, you should let your partners know. Don’t have sex until your treatment is complete.
You should make sure your sex partner is tested and treated before having sex. Once you are cured and start having sex again, you should use condoms for vaginal or anal intercourse.Chlamydia

Health Life Media Team