Chlamydia trachomatis is a very tiny bacterium yet it can cause big damages if left on its own. This bacterium is the carrier of chlamydia infection that affects both men and women. Chlamydia infection is one type of sexually transmitted infection.
Chlamydia symptoms in men
Most sexually transmitted infections don’t have a symptom but there are symptoms that a person at risk of getting sexually transmitted infection must watch out for in order to avoid further complications. For Chlamydia, men who think that they are at risk must watch out if they start discharging white or watery things from their penis or if they are feeling burning sensation in their penis when urinating. Men must watch out for any pain or discomfort in their testicles as well. If infected with Chlamydia, men can also experience pain in their anus and bleed when doing their thing as well as having a sore throat.
The effect of Chlamydia when left untreated
Men with Chlamydia infection who opt to ignore their vague symptoms can end up having infertility issues in the long run. Chlamydia bacterium can cause serious damages to a male’s reproductive tract such as scarring it, leading to infertility or inability to father a child. In addition, untreated Chlamydia infection can also lead to reduced sperm count in the long run and if their sperm count is good, the quality of the sperm is not (DNA fragmentation is weak). A man with Chlamydia who fathers a child can cause the unborn child to have deformities in the future as well. Last but not the least, men with untreated Chlamydia infection are at high risk of developing reactive arthritis, urethritis, and conjunctivitis.
Chlamydia Diagnosis in Men
The good news about Chlamydia is that there is a home testing kit for Chlamydia that is now available for all. If you think you have been exposed or there is a risk that your new partner is infected, getting a home testing kit is the easiest way to prove it. There are local clinics and hospitals who offer it for free too as part of the government efforts to eradicate sexually transmitted infections. For the test, a urine sample is the most popular way to do it. For those who are engaging in oral and anal sex, swabbing the mouth or the rectum is recommended. Urine test result is often out after two hours but for the swab test, it takes a few days for the result to be confirmed.
Treating Chlamydia in Men
Antibiotic is the most popular treatment for Chlamydia infection in men. A single dose of Azithromycin is enough to kill the infection. During treatment, do not engage in any sexual activities. It is also important to ask your partner or partners to get tested. This injectable can be ordered online as well so if you did the test at home and the result is positive, you can order the treatment online as well. Remember, Chlamydia is curable, you just have to get diagnosed early!