Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD). It is a bacterial infection that can affect both men and women. It is reported that people that are tested for if often have gonorrhea as well. Therefore, people should be tested for both at the same time to ensure proper treatment. Click here to get tested now.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) it is one of the most common bacterial STDs in the United States. It is particularly common among sexually active adolescents and young adults. It is estimated that almost 3 million cases occur annually and as many as one in 10 adolescent females test positive for it. Among all age groups, teens and young adults have the highest rates of infection however anyone who is sexually active is at risk.
It is a bacteria that is spread by having sexual contact with another person that is infected. Both men and women can carry the bacteria and pass it to each other. If left untreated, it can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman's reproductive system.
Do you think you have been exposed? Don’t panic. Chlamydia is curable and easy to treat when it’s detected early.
Many people have no symptoms or they do not get them right away. If there are symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after it has been contracted.
When symptoms in men occur, they can include:
- A discharge from their penis;
- Burning sensation when urinating;
- An itching sensation around the opening of the penis;
- Pain and swelling in one or both testicles (although this is less common).
When symptoms in women occur, they can include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor
- Bleeding between periods
- Painful periods
- Abdominal pain with fever
- Pain during intercourse
- Itching or burning in or around the vagina
- Pain when urinating
Men and women can both carry the bacteria in their rectum. When symptoms
occur, they can cause:
- Rectal pain;
The only way to tell whether or not you have chlamydia is by testing. Guesswork is not smart. Getting an FDA approved screening is. Click here to order confidential STD testing.
There are laboratory tests to used diagnose chlamydia. It can be cured with the right treatment. A doctor will prescribe an antibiotic to cure the infection but in order to be cured, a person must first be tested. It's easy to do.
STEP 1) Order a test online. A simple chlamydia test can be taken
but a full panel test which checks for all sexually transmitted diseases
STEP 2) Stop by a local lab and give a urine sample.
STEP 3) Get your confidential results emailed to you within 24-48 hours.
When medication is prescribed, it is important that people take the entire prescription. When taken properly it will stop the bacteria from growing and could decrease any chances of having complications later on.
Repeat infection is common. Once a patient has been tested and treated, they should be tested three months after the first treatment. Even if there are no symptoms after the first treatment and your partner was treated too, get tested anyway. It is important to make sure that all of the bacteria is gone.
The only way to completely avoid this and other STDs is to abstain (not be sexually active).
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