What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is one of the most commonly transmitted STD in the world. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly $3 million new cases of Chlamydia are reported every year in the US alone. It is caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis and the infection is the most infectious bacterial STD in the U.S. Chlamydia is a silent infection and does not exhibit any early symptoms in the infected person, because of which a majority of the people infected with this disease are not even aware of their condition.
What are the common symptoms of Chlamydia?
When symptoms of Chlamydia finally begin to appear, it is already a good one to three weeks after you have been exposed to the infection. The symptoms are slightly different for men and women. Men may notice an abnormal discharge from their penis, accompanied by a painful burning sensation during urination. In women, the symptoms could be a burning sensation during urination and unusual vaginal discharge. Women may also experience abdominal pain, pelvic pain, fever, painful sex, and even unusual bleeding when not on periods. In cases of rectal infection, both men and women may experience rectal pain or even bleeding.
How can I get tested for Chlamydia?
If you are worried about having caught a Chlamydia infection, then there is a simple test to ascertain it. A Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) Chlamydia test kit is all you need for the task. You can find these kits here . The testing is quite simple too. It will require your urine sample, taken 1-5 days after exposure. Further, there are many professional testing centers that conduct FDA approved tests in a safe environment in an accurate manner.
Where can I get tested for Chlamydia?
To make things easier for you, we have compiled a list of some of the most respected and reliable testing centers across the country here. You can visit the page and find a testing center near you. You can also contact us at contact details, and we will help you find a suitable testing center, equipped with all the facilities to perform the Chlamydia test for you.
What else should I know about Chlamydia testing?
The Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) test is the standard test in the U.S. for testing the presence of Chlamydia causing bacteria, Chlamydia trachomatis. It is recommended by CDC for its high accuracy and sensitivity in detecting the bacteria. The testing centers that we recommend for you have the strictest policies in running tests. Therefore, the actual chance that the test results could be wrong are almost nil. If you do test positive in the test, we can refer you to our most reputed and qualified doctors, who can provide you treatment for Chlamydia.
How can a person contract Chlamydia?
Oral, vaginal, and anal sex are the primary mode of transmitting Chlamydia from one person to another. The spread of infection in highly prevalent among sexually active teenage girls and young women, as their cervixes have not completely matured. In adult men and women, the Chlamydia infection is mostly transmitted through oral and anal sex. Also, an infant can catch Chlamydia from the mother during vaginal childbirth.
Is Chlamydia curable?
Of course, it is curable. Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. However, it takes about 7 days to completely get rid of the infection from the body, during which time individuals should abstain from having sex to prevent the spread of the disease. Further, if you are tested positive, we recommend that your sexual partners also get themselves tested for the disease. Otherwise, there is always a chance that they are infected too, and you can get re-infected later. Also, once you and your partner have been treated for Chlamydia, we suggest that both of you get tested for the infection again. This ensures that both of you are healthy and completely free from the disease.
What happens if Chlamydia is left untreated?
Chlamydia is not something to be taken lightly. If left untreated, it can have serious consequences. In women, untreated Chlamydia can lead to chronic pelvic pain and prenatal problems. In some cases, women may be rendered infertile too, especially after repeated infections. Reproductive issues and complications during pregnancy are common problems arising out of untreated Chlamydia. Most significant of all, women with Chlamydia have a higher risk of contracting HIV. In case of men, if the infection is left untreated, it can soon spread to other parts of the body, including the entirety of penis, prostate and testicles. This is characterized by unbearable pain and inflammation in the infected parts. As with women, Chlamydia also renders men infertile, if left untreated.
How to prevent Chlamydia?
Of course, the best way to prevent contracting any sexual disease is abstinence. Partners in a monogamous relationship maintaining exclusivity of sex with each other also works great. If you have multiple sexual partners, practicing safe sex by using condoms or dental dams is quite effective, but not foolproof. Also, talking about the sexual health and possible STDs with sexual partners sure don’t hurt your chances.