Studies have shown that Chlamydia has the most number of recorded cases among all the sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States and in the United Kingdom. Because of this, the health industry is doing its best to educate people and make them aware of 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 what was mentioned above, Chlamydia does not always show symptoms. But for reference’s sake, here are some of them:
- Rectal pain
- Abdominal pain
- Painful urination
- Spotting in between periods
- Bleeding after sexual intercourse (women)
- Swelling in the cervix, liver and fallopian tubes (women)
- Strange discharge in the rectum
- White or clear discharge in the urethra
- Painful sexual intercourse
- Mucopurulent discharge in the vagina
In the advanced stage, a patient might contract pelvic inflammatory disease or PID, and salpingitis, which 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 it. It can provide them information on whether their symptoms point to Chlamydia or not. This product is available in stores and also 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 to adults can do the test by themselves, but they should be encouraged to see an expert to avoid any more serious complications.
If tested positive, your next move should be to find a way to treat it. This is the best time to seek for professional help.
If tested negative, you have to remind yourself to practice safe sex all the time. Chlamydia can easily be acquired through oral, anal or vaginal sex, so make sure that you use the appropriate protection.
How to treat Chlamydia?
An infected patient in the early stage will usually be advised to take doxycycline for a week. Several tests will follow suit to track if there are improvements or complications. Their sexual partners should also undergo the same tests to check their conditions. This should be done as soon as possible so as to treat the bacteria promptly.
It is extremely important to take action against Chlamydia before it spreads and damages a person’s health. Go visit your doctor to learn more about how destructive this disease is to the human body.