Men can get chlamydia as easily as women. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection. It is passed from person to person during sexual activities.
How Does Chlamydia Affect Males
Chlamydia causes infection of the urethra (the tube that drains urine from the bladder) that passes through the penis.
If left untreated it can cause infertility as well as scarring of the urethra, which can make it more difficult to pass urine, and may require surgery.
How Do Males Become Infected?
Sexual contact is how chlamydia is spread. You are more likely to become infected if you
- Unsafe sex practices (using a condom)
- Have more than one partner
Male Symptoms Of Chlamydia
Symptoms of chlamydia in males include:
- Difficulty passing urine, due to a burning sensation
- Discharge from the penis
- Swelling and tenderness of the testicles
- Itching, redness, or swelling of the urethra at the tip of the penis
Chlamydia and gonorrhea may have similar symptoms and generally, you are treated for both. If you are treated for gonorrhea and the symptoms continue after treatment you more than likely have chlamydia. The two chlamydia and gonorrhea can occur together.
Contacting Your Health Care Provider
If you are having symptoms or have been notified by a sexual partner that they have been infected with chlamydia, you need to contact your doctor to get tested.
Test And Examination
Men who do not have symptoms are usually not tested; those who have symptoms their doctor will usually take a swab of the discharge at the head of the penis and send it to be tested. The results usually come back within 2 days. The doctor may also run the test for gonorrhea as well.
Chlamydia is treated with various antibiotics. You and your partner should both be treated even if the partner does not have symptoms this is to keep you from passing it back and forth to each other.
Common Side Effects Of The Antibiotics Are
- Upset stomach
These Side Effects Usually Subside Within 2 Or 3 Days
Treatment should be completely finished by both partners as directed. If you stop taking the antibiotic before they are gone because you feel better you will likely have a relapse, so finish all the prescribed medication.
What Is My Prognosis?
Antibiotics are 98% to 99% successful if your symptoms continue to make sure you are being treated for gonorrhea and other sexually transmitted infections.
Severe infections or those not treated quickly can cause infertility and/or scarring of the urethra which might require surgery since scarring of the urethra makes it very difficult to pass urine.
Prevention Of STIs Or STDS
- Safe sexual practices – using condoms
- Know your partner's sexual history
- If you have just started dating someone new you both need to discuss your histories and get screened for STIs/STDs and share those results with each other.
If you should have an infection like herpes or gonorrhea then be honest with your partner and let them decide if they are comfortable with sexual contact. If they are then using either latex or polyurethane condoms for all sexual contact.