Chlamydia is America’s most widely spread sexually-transmitted disease. In the United States alone, more than two million people are reported to have been infected with it.
According to statistics, only a third of the women infected with Chlamydia manifest visible symptoms. In men, about 75% show visible symptoms. Chlamydia does not always trigger visible symptoms once it affects someone, and for this reason, it is extremely important to get tested for Chlamydia as soon as you suspect that you have it or if you have an active sex life.
How Chlamydia affects Men and Women
A bacterium known as Chlamydia trachomatis is the cause of Chlamydia. Once it infects women and it is left undiagnosed and untreated, these women will be likely to develop serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and inflammation of the cervix. These complications may lead to more severe complications such as ectopic pregnancy and infertility.
Men infected with Chlamydia will suffer from urethritis, the swelling of the urethra. They will experience infections in their bladders that may affect the proper functioning of their testicles and prostates.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
The symptoms of Chlamydia only start to show after several days to a few weeks. When this happens, some of the most common Chlamydia symptoms include strange discharge from the penis or vagina, painful urination, pain in the rectum, pain in the testicles, or pain during sexual intercourse.
Testing for Chlamydia
If any of you manifest any one of the symptoms above, it is advisable that you get tested for Chlamydia right away. There is no reason to wait as the bacteria may attack more reproductive organs and cause more complications.
Go to the nearest health facility in your area and ask to be tested for Chlamydia. You can also visit your doctor to help you undergo a Chlamydia test.
Chlamydia testing is done by analyzing and examining a patient’s bodily fluid samples, such as blood, urine, or saliva, or getting a sample of his or her swab from inside the mouth or genitals. If traces of the bacteria or antibodies are found, then that patient is positive for Chlamydia.
Those that turn out to have Chlamydia are immediately given Chlamydia treatment. Chlamydia treatment involves antibiotics that fight off the Chlamydia bacteria. A doctor will tell you how long you have to be on an antibiotic medication. If the treatment is effective, you will be free from Chlamydia after some time.