Studies have shown that Chlamydia has the largest number of recorded cases among all the sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States and in the United Kingdom. In light of this, the health industry is doing its best to educate people and create awareness regarding the consequences of this disease.
Not all Chlamydia-infected people will display symptoms of this disease. That is why many cases go untreated and unnoticed. Although more than 113,000 were diagnosed with it in 2006 in the United Kingdom, researchers believe that there are still more out there that suffer from it.
What are the common symptoms of Chlamydia?
Like we have mentioned above, Chlamydia does not always show visible symptoms. But for reference’s sake, here are some of them:
- Rectal pain
- Abdominal pain
- Pain during urination
- Spotting in between periods
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse (women)
- Swelling of the cervix, liver and fallopian tubes (women)
- Strange discharge in the rectum
- White or clear discharge in the urethra
- Pain during sexual intercourse
- Mucopurulent discharge in the vagina
In the advanced stage, a patient might contract a pelvic inflammatory disease or PID, and salpingitis. This may lead to ectopic pregnancy in women and infertility.
What can you do to detect Chlamydia in its early stage?
A Chlamydia test kit is a very useful tool to help people find out if they have contracted the disease. It can shed light on whether their symptoms point to Chlamydia. This product is available in stores and online. It is suitable for those that are too embarrassed or scared to go to the hospital and see a doctor.
The kits are designed so that potentially-infected patients can do the test in the privacy of their own homes, in their own time. Teenagers who are too afraid to talk about this matter with their parents or guardians can do the test by themselves. However, they should be encouraged to see an expert to avoid serious complications.
If tested positive, your next move should be to find a way to treat it. This is the best time to seek professional help.
If tested negative, you have to make it a habit to practise safe sex all the time. Chlamydia can easily be acquired through oral, anal or vaginal sex. Ensure that you use the appropriate protection.
How do you treat Chlamydia?
An infected patient in the early stage will usually be advised to take doxycycline for a week. Several tests will follow to track improvements or complications. Their sexual partners should also undergo the same tests to check their conditions. This should be done at the earliest opportunity so as to treat the bacteria promptly.
It is extremely vital to take action against Chlamydia before it spreads and causes extensive damage. Visit your doctor to learn how destructive this disease is to the human body.