At A Glance:
Chlamydia is one of the most curable STDs (sexually transmitted disease) and is quite common. The cause of chlamydia is a type of bacteria called the chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It can be passed to other people during sexual intercourse (vaginal, oral or anal).
NOTE: Each year in the United States, there are an estimated 2.8 million new infections of Chlamydia. Most of these cases go undiagnosed.
What You Need To Know:
Chlamydia is completely curable, and treatment is simple. A doctor can give you antibiotics if you are positive, and these will kill the Chlamydia bacteria. Before you can have sex again, remember you and your partner must both have Chlamydia treatment. This is the most sure-fire way not to get infected again. As with every medication, you must follow your doctor’s instructions exactly and read labels carefully for the medication to work correctly.
Usually, you will not see any signs. It is possible that you can have it and not know it. If Chlamydia does show signs or symptoms, they will appear shortly after sexual contact (usually a few weeks later).
Painful urination, stomach pain, bleeding in between periods and odd vaginal discharge are the usual chlamydia symptoms in women.
In men, the symptoms can be unusual penis discharge, burning or itching near the penis or painful urination.
How Can I Get Tested For Chlamydia?:
There is a urine test called the Chlamydia Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAA). This is offered in both of the Test Panels. The CDC highly recommends this test for its ability to be very accurate. There is no swabbing involved.