Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infectious disease. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease among younger people especially teenagers who are sexually active and people under the age of 30 who have multiple partners and practice unsafe sex.
It is cause by a bacterium that most people do not know they have until symptoms show up which could take a couple weeks, and so they continue to have sex with their partner(s) unprotected and pass it on to them. If they are having unprotected sex with multiple partners and they have been infected by sex with you, they then pass it on to their other partners, who pass it on and so on and so on. You can see that one person has the potential to infect up to 27 or more other people.
Could You Have Chlamydia?
If you are having unprotected sex with one or more partners yes you could have it. Unprotected sex includes oral, vaginal, and anal. If you changed partners or have had more than 1 partner in the past six months you are at risk. You cannot tell if someone has chlamydia just by looking at them, they do not ill.
For Women Look For The Following To Happen If You Have Chlamydia
- Unusual discharge possibly with odor from the vagina
- Stomach pain
- Bleeding between monthly period cycles
- Painful sex with bleeding
- Abdominal pain in the lower region
- Burning while passing urine
If left untreated several things can happen; infertility due to the chlamydia traveling to the uterus and fallopian tubes as well as PID
For Men They Should Look For The Following If They Have Chlamydia
- Painful passing of urine due to burning sensation
- Penile discharge
- Painful or swelling of either one or both testicles
With men if left untreated can cause infection and swelling of the prostate gland, as well as infection to the sperm tubes and the testicles, which can cause infertility in men.
Getting tested is easy, just go to your doctor or local clinic and asked to be tested. The test is either a urine test or swab of the genitals and sent to the lab. If you are positive, the doctor will give you a prescription, which you need to finish, wait seven days before having sex again, and notify any partners you have been with in the past two weeks. Once the medication is gone you should get retested to make sure it is completely gone so there are no long lasting complications.
How To Reduce Your Risk
Practice safe test through protection with condoms or abstain from any form of sexual activity. Enter into a monogamous long term relationship after both of you have tested negative for chlamydia. Screening is important, yearly screening will help reduce the severe complications of infertility, PID, and infections to men’s prostate gland, sperm tubes and testicles. If you are concerned about infertility after having chlamydia contact your GP and ask for testing.