Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. It's most common amongst both men and women under the age of 25, although roughly 50% of men and 75% of women show no symptoms of the disease after they are infected. Many people who are at risk of this infection are unaware of how dangerous it can be, and how easily it is passed on. If left untreated, it can cause serious health and fertility problems, by causing permanent damage to your sexual organs.
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The symptoms of chlamydia include a change in penile and vaginal discharge, but the signs of this STI are often not visible.
Women may experience cystitis, a change in vaginal discharge or a mild lower abdominal pain. However, these non-specific symptoms can also be caused by other unrelated infections and diseases.
Men may experience a slight discharge from their penis. Sometimes chlamydia can cause mild irritation at the tip of the penis (urethra) that disappears after two or three days. Many men will wait to see if the discomfort goes away. However, while the discomfort may disappear, the man can still harbour the infection.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacterium called chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia can live inside the vagina, penis and rectum, and the bacterium can be found in traces of male semen and in the vaginal fluids of women who have contracted the infection. Chlamydia can be passed on from one sexual partner to another during vaginal, anal or oral sex. It can also be passed on by sharing sex toys with someone who is infected with chlamydia. If you are sexually active, you can catch chlamydia through unprotected sex or if you have frequent sex with different partners.
You can get a free chlamydia test at a sexual health clinic, your GP surgery or a genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic. The test will typically involve a swab, taken from the vagina or urethra. Doctor's can also check for chlamydia by testing a urine sample.
If you or your partner think that you have any symptoms of chlamydia, then visit a doctor or get a free chlamydia test as soon as possible. If it is detected and diagnosed early, then you can treat the infection straight away, reducing the risk of any further complications. Often, these complications are associated with long-term chlamydia and are much more difficult to treat.
Although chlamydia can easily be treated, it can stay unrecognised for months, if not years. Untreated chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease. Fallopian tubes may stop working properly and can become blocked. When your fallopian tubes are blocked, you then become unable to conceive naturally.
Chlamydia can affect sperm production and decrease male fertility. It is the most common cause of inflammation in the testicles and sperm tubes for men under the age of 35. This can cause pain, swelling and redness on your scrotum.
"One of the most common STIs in the UK, largely because many people donít know they have it, is chlamydia. It can lead to complications, which is why timely treatment is recommended."Dr Hilary Jones
HealthExpress Medical Advisor
Chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics. There is a choice of two treatments, which vary in strength and dosage. To treat penile/vaginal chlamydia, Azithromycin is prescribed as a five day treatment, which is taken as a single 500mg dose on day one, followed by 250mg to be taken once daily during the next four days. For ano-rectal chlamydia, two 100mg Doxycycline tablets can be taken every day for one week. If there is a risk of both infections (penile/vaginal and ano-rectal), it's advised to take both medications together as a single, comprehensive dose. Always take the full course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms of chlamydia disappear before you finish the course
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