What Is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. Reports from the CDC indicate that there are roughly 2.86 million Chlamydia infection cases every year. This makes Chlamydia the top reported bacterial infection in the United States. Chlamydia is in a group of STDs referred to as ‘silent’ STDs. This is because you can have the infection and not know it since it will not show obvious signs and symptoms.
Chlamydia Signs And Symptoms
If the signs and symptoms of Chlamydia appear, they will do so within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure. For women, Chlamydia symptoms include a painful of burning sensation during urination and an abnormal discharge. If the infection is not treated and spreads, women experience pain during sex, nausea, fever, bleeding between periods, and pelvic and abdominal pain. For men, the symptoms include burning or painful sensation with urination and an unusual discharge. If the infection spreads to the rectal area, symptoms for both men and women include rectal bleeding and pain.
How Is Chlamydia Testing Done?
If you suspect you have been exposed to Chlamydia, you can order a Chlamydia test. This is a simple urine test that can be done within 1 to 5 days of initial exposure. If you take our comprehensive test that covers 10 common STDs including chlamydia.
Where Do I Get Tested For Chlamydia?
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In Our centers, we use the NAA test for Chlamydia. This is an FDA cleared test and is highly recommended by the CDC. This is based on the accuracy it offers when screening for the Chlamydia bacteria. Our tests are accurate and there is a very small chance that there will be a false result. In case the results are positive, we have doctors ready for consultation, prescription, and treatment.
Am I At Risk Of Contracting Chlamydia?
You can contract Chlamydia through vagina, oral, and anal sex. Sexually active young women are at high risk of infection because their cervices are not fully matured at this point. Any person who engages in unprotected sex puts themselves at risk of Chlamydia infection. It is also possible for an infant to get Chlamydia from its mother during the process of childbirth.
Is There A Chlamydia Cure?
Fortunately, it is possible to treat and cure Chlamydia with antibiotics. To allow the antibiotics work properly and prevent spreading the bacteria, an infected person should abstain from sexual contact for at least 7 days. It is important that your sexual partner gets tested too to prevent the back and forth infection of Chlamydia. After treatment, you and your sexual partner should get tested after about 21 to 28 days. This will confirm the treatment and help protect you from the long-term effects of Chlamydia.
What Happens If Chlamydia Is Not Treated
If your Chlamydia infection is not treated, there are some consequences. Repeat Chlamydia infections can have reproductive system repercussions. These include infertility and pregnancy complications. A woman with Chlamydia is at a higher risk of HIV infection. If left untreated, Chlamydia can spread to the testicles, prostate, and penis for men and cause inflammation and pain. In extreme cases, it can also lead to sterility.
How Do I Prevent Chlamydia?
Abstinence from sex is the best way to prevent Chlamydia infection. If abstaining is not an option for you, you should practice safe sex. This means the use of condoms and dental dams during sexual engagements. It also helps a lot to be in a monogamous relationship where both of you have been tested. Always test for different STDs before getting into a sexual relationship.