Chlamydia

November 12, 2012

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease that can affect both men and women. Fortunately there is effective treatment for Chlamydia available.

Overview

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection and is an STD – sexually transmitted disease. It affects the genital region in both men and women equally but can also spread to infect the throat, rectum and eyes. In over half of all cases of this particular infection, the individual does not experience any symptoms so despite treatment for Chlamydia being available it often goes unused. Most of the time Chlamydia is spread through sexual contact this can include vaginal, anal or oral sex and sharing toys with an infected partner. When another part of the body becomes infected such as the eyes, it usually spreads via contact with the fingers. Sharing toilet seats, towels, baths or kissing will not cause the spread of the infection.

Symptoms

Chlamydia has an incubation period of between 7-21 days so if any symptoms are going to develop they will do so this amount of time after becoming infected. However one third of women and half of men who contract the infection are not aware of any symptoms and therefore don’t know that they are infected. Common symptoms experienced by women include:

  • Unusual vaginal discharge

  • A burning sensation during urination

  • Spotting in between periods

  • Pain during or after sex

  • Pain in the lower abdomen sometimes accompanied with nausea

Common symptoms experienced by men include:

  • A cloudy or watery discharge from the penis

  • A burning sensation during urination

  • Testicular pain and swelling

Treatment for Chlamydia

Chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine test as well as a swab test of the penis or vagina. Once diagnosed there is treatment for Chlamydia in the form of antibiotics, which are very effective. Options for treatment for Chlamydia include doxycycline and zithromax. Partners of anyone diagnosed with Chlamydia should also take a couse of treatment for Chlamydia in order to prevent re-infection. Additionally in most cases the doctor will also recommend treatment for gonorrhoea to be taken at the same time as in more than half of all cases Chlamydia and gonorrhoea accompany each other. Once a proper course of treatment for Chlamydia is completed the infection will not return unless the individual picks up another one. Chlamydia that goes left untreated can lead to further medical problems and complications.

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