What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a sexually-transmitted infection that is very common nowadays. It is caused by the bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis that attacks the reproductive systems of both males and females.
How can I get Chlamydia?
People can get Chlamydia if they engage in unprotected sexual activities, whether they are oral, anal, or vaginal.
Pregnant mothers infected with Chlamydia can also pass the infection on to their babies upon childbirth. It is strongly advised that pregnant women with Chlamydia infection get treatment as soon as possible to avoid the risk of transmitting the disease to their offspring.
What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?
The symptoms of Chlamydia do not show upon first exposure to the bacteria. It will take between one and three weeks for the symptoms to manifest. According to statistics, around 70% of Chlamydia cases do not exhibit visible symptoms for a few weeks.
Men who are infected with Chlamydia will experience painful urination and itching in their penises or urinary passage. They will also develop some strange discharge coming out of their penises.
Women who are infected with Chlamydia will experience bleeding in between their menstrual periods, pain the lower abdominal area, painful sexual intercourse, fever, and some strange-colored discharge from their vaginas.
What should you do when you have the symptoms of Chlamydia?
You have to get tested for Chlamydia as soon as you experience any of the symptoms mentioned above. There are many health clinics and STD centers in the world, and there is surely at least one of them located in your area. Getting a Chlamydia test will confirm whether what you have is Chlamydia or some other type of disease. This way, you can avail of the best treatment for Chlamydia as soon as possible.
Chlamydia tests are usually conducted by taking swab samples from a male’s penis or from a woman’s cervix. You can visit your local health center for more information about the available Chlamydia testing methods.
How is Chlamydia treated?
Chlamydia is caused by bacteria so the best way to treat it is by using antibiotics. Chlamydia patients are prescribed different kinds of antibiotics, depending on whether they are allergic to one or not. They are also reminded to abstain from sex until they are completely cured.
How can you protect yourself from Chlamydia?
The best way to protect yourself from Chlamydia is by abstaining from any sexual activity. If sex cannot be avoided, make sure that you always use protection. It also helps to stick to one sexual partner and get yourselves tested regularly for Chlamydia and other STDs.