Thinking that you may have a Sexually Transmitted Infection is an overwhelming and scary feeling. Sexually Transmitted Infections spread from person to person through a virus, bacteria, or parasite. Chlamydia is one of the nation’s most reported infections, in part because it’s signs are often not seen. Learn about Chlamydia and how to treat it to stop the spreading.
What Is Chlamydia?
First of all, according to webmd, “Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis,” and “Chlamydia strikes over 4 million Americans a year…[and is] the most common bacterial STD.” The infection can spread through any form of anal, vaginal, or oral sex with or without bodily fluids.
Who Can Get Chlamydia?
Although anyone sexually active can get Chlamydia, it is found most commonly in young women. “Women who are left untreated can spread the infection to their baby through pregnancy, labor, or nursing,” as stated on mayoclinic.org.
Those infected will not always show signs and symptoms. Because of this we strongly encourage anyone who is/has been sexually active to seek out STI-Testing.
What Are The Signs And Symptoms?
Signs and symptoms differ slightly between men and women, but are not always present.
Signs and symptoms of Chlamydia for men include:
painful urination, burning and itching around the opening of the penis, pain and swelling around the testicles, small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge, and infertility.
Signs and symptoms of Chlamydia for women include:
painful urination, burning and itching in or around the vagina, bleeding between periods, painful periods, abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor, pain during intercourse, and infertility.
How Can Chlamydia Be Treated?
Once given the oral antibiotic, Azithromycin, Chlamydia can be treated and gone within seven days to two weeks. The infected person’s partners should also receive treatment to stop Chlamydia from spreading.
I Would Like To Be Tested
At Options for Women, we offer free and confidential STI-Testing. No strings attached! If a test comes back positive, then we can cover the cost for you to pick up the prescription at the local pharmacy. Our testing is a simple urine sample. Results will be available within three business days. Once you are given your results you have the option to talk to a Nurse to get your medical questions answered.
Finally, if you would like more details about Chlamydia or would like your question answered you may visit us at optionsforwomenrf.com/sti-and-std-testing/. Interested in scheduling an appointment? Schedule an appointment at optionsforwomenrf.com/appointment/ or call us at (715) 425-8539. Get tested, get informed, get peace of mind!