According to an online journal called Sexually Transmitted Infections, gay men are not safe from Chlamydia. Chlamydia is often associated with women because it easily infects their urethra but a new study reveals that Chlamydia also grows in the rectum. For this reason, gay men must always do a rectal test as part of their health care routine.
The online journal added that men with HIV are also positive with rectal Chlamydia.
At the moment, Chlamydia is one of the most common types of sexually transmitted disease. It is number one in the US and number in the UK. The most common way of testing Chlamydia infection among men is the urethral Chlamydia test but now, it is recommended to do rectal Chlamydia test as well.
Why recommend rectal Chlamydia test?
A study revealed that most gay men tested positive for rectal Chlamydia (8%) as compared to those who tested positive for urethral Chlamydia (5%). It only shows that more gay men are missing the fact that they have Chlamydia because they went for urethral Chlamydia test and not rectal. In one study concerning 397 gay men with Chlamydia, 62% were infected with rectal Chlamydia and 42% have a urethral infection. 15% of the participants have Chlamydia infection in both areas of their body.
What are the symptoms of Chlamydia in gay men?
Gay men infected with Chlamydia regardless of the site experiences possible discharges from their private genitals. The discharged liquid can be yellowish or whitish, thick and watery. There is also a burning sensation when they are urinating and during bowel movements. The worst can be when a person doesn’t feel any symptoms at all, making them think that they are clean hence they continue their activities involving their partners, infecting their partners in the process.
Chlamydia is pretty easy to treat. As one of the most common sexually transmitted disease, it is also one of the easiest sexually transmitted diseases to treat – just pop an antibiotic. Treatment is often for 7 days and during the duration of treatment, it is important to abstain from having sexual contact with your partner.
Preventing sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia
If you have multiple partners or you just love the thrill of having different sexual partners, the best thing to do is to have yourself protected with a condom. Do not engage in any sexual activity without a condom. Although it cannot 100% protect you, it can lessen the chance of you being infected or the bacteria being transmitted to you. If you think your partner is at risk of being infected or you are at risk of being infected because of your past one night stand, better have yourself check. Next to prevention is the early diagnosis. If you cannot prevent it, then at least watch out for early symptoms and always do a self-checked. Always ask your partner as well and be honest with one another. Have an open communication with him and ask him to get tested too in case your test result is positive.