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All About Chlamydia

One of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the world, chlamydia affects around 4 million people in the United States alone[1] and while the infection affects both men and women, the long-term inflictions can be more severe for women, leading to pelvic inflammatory disease, tubal factor infertility, and ectopic pregnancy.

The disease is most commonly contracted or transmitted by engaging in sexual conduct with multiple partners. Vaginal, anal, oral, and object-based intercourse (sex toys/marital aids) are all common methods by which you can propagate chlamydia, which means that even if you are in a monogamous relationship, you can become infected if you aren’t careful.

Similar to other gonnococcal STDs like gonnorhea, the exchange of your sexual bodily fluids such as vaginal, seminal and pre-ejaculate plays a large role in the transmission, and because the infection-causing bacteria associated with chlamydia is live in these fluids, you can catch the disease just by touching the genitals of someone who already has the infection, and unprotected, penetrative sex isn’t always required for transmission.

However, although chlamydia requires fluid exchange, you cannot contract the infection simply by kissing someone, swimming in the same pool, or from the same toilet seat. None of the fluids associated with these actions are considered sexual and cannot act as a transmission medium for the infection, nor can the disease be passed on by close quarters touching such as hugging, holding hands, or being naked together. 

Testing for Chlamydia

One of the more concerning aspects of chlamydia is that it isn’t as noticeable as other sexually transmitted infections. Whereas other STIs might have clear and defining characteristics such as itching, discharge, and visible symptoms, chlamydia can go unnoticed for a long period of time. You can have chlamydia and not know it, and this is what makes it a very dangerous sexual infection.

75% of women and 50% of men with chlamydia report that they showed no symptoms[6] of the disease which allows the bacteria to lie dormant as a low-grade infection, causing damage over time, however, once symptoms do present themselves they are very different for males and females.

Male Symptoms of Chlamydia

Men don’t experience the effects of chlamydia as severely as women but there are some concerning issues associated with the infection.

If you have any of the following symptoms then you might be infected with chlamydia:

  • Aching testicles
  • Milky urine
  • Pain when urinating

Female Symptoms of Chlamydia

Women will experience more issues than men when it comes to the effects of chlamydia but alarmingly, chlamydia is one of the few STIs that can be passed on to the baby during pregnancy[2]. 

Typical female chlamydia symptoms include:

  • Foul-smelling vaginal discharge
  • Painful intercourse
  • Post-intercourse bleeding
  • Pelvic issues
  • Pain when urinating

Any of these male and female symptoms could be an indication of chlamydia and you should get tested as soon as possible.

Rapid Screening for Chlamydia

For both men and women, chlamydia can be present even if you are in a monogamous relationship but especially if you have had sexual interaction with another or more than one partner. In case of one or more symptoms, all partners should be advised to have themselves tested as well since they may have contracted chlamydia from you, or you from them, and might not even be aware of it.

Testing for chlamydia, and indeed all STDs, is quick, easy, and inexpensive. You could of course book an appointment at a free sexual health clinic but these usually take a long time to organize, aren’t available everywhere, and often operate at unsuitable opening times.

In most cases, you should consider private testing since it can offer the best and quickest results possible with none of the disadvantages of a public health center. Rapid STD Testing[3] requires no appointment, a quick visit to one of their 4,000+ labs, offers phone consulting, and is open all day, every day.

Rapid screening is an excellent solution for many reasons, including:

  • You are in a new relationship
  • You have cheated
  • You suspect your partner might have cheated
  • You are fully sexually active with multiple partners
  • You want to keep insurance rates low
  • You want fast, accurate, and confidential results

How the Rapid STD Testing Process Works

Rapid STD Testing offers an excellent screening service for chlamydia and the process is quick and easy, but there are some very specific steps that you will have to go through in order to get the best service possible:

  1. Provide details on the situation and any symptoms you are concerned about.
  2. Schedule testing at a lab as close to your location as possible. Same day testing, and no appointment needed.
  3. Get your online STD results in 1-3 working days and view them via a secure link online.
  4. If you are positive, you will get a call from an MD with advice on treatment.

How to Treat Chlamydia

As part of the service, Rapid STD Testing will facilitate communication between yourself and a qualified medical doctor. The doctor is able to advise you on any treatments that you require, answer questions about any concerns you may have, and prescribe medication if it is required.

Common antibiotic STD treatment medicines for chlamydia are 95% effective among patients[4] and should be taken as prescribed if either you or a partner have recently tested positive for the disease.

Azithromycin, Doxycycline, Amoxicillin, and Erythromycin are common treatments for chlamydia but certain allergies or medical conditions might prevent the prescription of one or another. In most cases, Doxycycline is the most effective[5]  and it is very important that you complete a full course of medication prescribed to you so as to completely kill any infection.

Chlamydia Prevention

Of course, they say that prevention is better than the cure, and chlamydia can be reduced or prevented with very simple methods. If you are able, then try to limit your sexual contact to as few partners as possible and make sure you and your partner(s) are sexually sanitary, hygienic and get tested regularly. 

In addition, always engage in safe sex where possible. Similar to HSV-2 (gential herpes), this means using prophylactics (condoms) for penetrative, oral, and anal sex as well as on any sex toys so as to minimize the possible exposure to unsanitary or infected conditions. 

In cases where this isn’t possible, make sure you thoroughly clean sex toys and marital aids before and after use with anti-bacterial cleaning products that are safe for human skin. Many retail stores and specialist sex shops sell cleaning products designed specifically for intimate areas and sex toys. 

If you suspect that you have been exposed to chlamydia then don’t delay. Contact Rapid STD Testing at 866-872-1888 and explore your testing and treatment options today. 

References

  1. Centers for Disease Control. Chlamydia.https://www.cdc.gov/std/chlamydia/stdfact-chlamydia-detailed.htm
  2. Healthy Children.Org. Chlamydia. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/sexually-transmitted/Pages/Chlamydia.aspx
  3. Rapid STD Testing. https://www.rapidstdtesting.com/
  4. NHS. Chlamydia Treatment. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/chlamydia/treatment/
  5. Chemist Click. What is the Best Chlamydia Treatment? https://www.chemistclick.co.uk/news/what-is-the-best-chlamydia-treatment
  6. Rapid STD Testing. Can You Catch Chlamydia Without Cheating? https://www.rapidstdtesting.com/can-you-catch-chlamydia-without-cheating/