Chlamydia is a Sexually Transmitted Disease. Chlamydia is a common STD which is fairly easy to treat once spotted. If it is not treated immediately, it can greatly decrease the ability to get pregnant or infertility in women. It can also cause a fatal ectopic pregnancy. This article aims to provide a general overview of Chlamydia and some fast facts about the disease.
Various Ways To Spread Chlamydia.
Chlamydia can be spread in a number of ways. The most common way to acquire it is having unprotected sexual intercourse with someone who is infected. Vaginal, anal, and oral sex all can spread chlamydia. If one sexual partner is male and the male does not ejaculate, there is still the chance to get chlamydia. A pregnant infected woman can transmit the disease to her unborn mother.
Ways To Reduce The Possibility Of Acquiring Chlamydia
As is the case with any STD, the best way to not get chlamydia is by not having sex. No sex at all means that it is impossible to get chlamydia or any STD. However, if you are sexually active there are also ways to at least reduce the chances of getting chlamydia.
Using reliable condoms properly every time you have sex is a good way to reduce the chance of getting chlamydia. There are even non-latex condoms available for those who are allergic to latex.
It is also a best to have a long-term monogamous and exclusive relationship with someone who has tested negative for chlamydia. As long as both of you are faithful, this is also a good way to reduce your chances of infection.
People With The Highest Risk Of Acquiring Chlamydia.
Anyone who is sexually active and is unprotected can acquire any STD including chlamydia. However, there are certain individuals who are at a greater risk of acquiring it. Sexually active women younger than 25 are at this higher risk group. Gay and bisexual men are also at risk as well.
The most common symptoms in women are abnormal vaginal discharges and painful or burning sensations during urination. Men with chlamydia also suffer similar symptoms as well. They also can have an abnormal discharge along with the burning while urinating. However, they can also feel pain in either or both testicles that is accompanied by swelling. This latter symptom is not as common as the two previous ones. If you, your partner, or both of you become aware of any these signs, it is best to have both of yourselves tested immediately. This is the best way to know the truth.
Type Of Test
The test is painless. It usually involves an exam, a swab of any discharge, and or a urine test to see if chlamydia is present. If your test is positive the medical practitioner will then prescribe medication for you which you need to use until it is gone. Do not have sex during this time or you risk reinfection of each other.