Who is at risk for Chlamydia? In order to answer that question, we first need to know what Chlamydia is, how you contract it, and what you can do to prevent it.
What Is Chlamydia
According to the CDC Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease. It is common to contract and can be cured. If left untreated it can cause problems for women, which make it hard to get pregnant or be unable to get pregnant at all.
Who Is At Risk?
Anyone of any age who is sexually active can contract Chlamydia. Both women and men can contract this sexually transmitted disease.
What Are The Symptoms?
For women, the symptoms are a discharge from the vagina as well as burning during urination.
For men the symptoms are penile discharge, burning during urination, and less common is a swelling with the pain of one or both testicles.
For both men and women, they can also get anal chlamydia, either from other infected areas such as the vagina or from having anal sex. The symptoms here are rectum pain, bleeding, and discharge.
How Do You Know If You Have Chlamydia?
You will need to see your doctor, they will run a test to confirm that you have Chlamydia and prescribe treatment. You need to complete all the medication prescribed and should be retested in three months, as repeat infections are not uncommon.
What If You Don’t Get Treated?
Not getting treated can cause some major problems for women. It can spread to your uterus and fallopian tubes. It can also cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and ectopic pregnancy which means that you get pregnant outside of the women.
How To Reduce Your Risk
You can abstain from any form of sex. If you are sexually active you can do the following; 1 you can enter into a long-term monogamous relationship with both partners are tested for Chlamydia or 2. Use condoms. You can also combine the two to help reduce your risk.
When Can You Have Sex Again After You Are Diagnosed With Chlamydia
You have to finish all the medication, either a seven-day treatment or a single dose. If you have a single dose you still need to wait for seven days. If both you and your partner were diagnosed you both must finish medication and wait seven days before having sex again.
What If You’re Pregnant And Think You Have Chlamydia?
If you are pregnant and think you have chlamydia get tested, if you have tested positive for chlamydia then you need to be treated. You need to finish the entire course of treatment and have a follow test up done so that you do not spread it to the baby. If left untreated the baby can contract it during delivery, which could cause eye infection or pneumonia in your newborn. So if you think you have chlamydia and you're pregnant get tested right away.