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Chlamydia symptoms, test and treatment options available online

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Dr Hilary Jones discusses chlamydia and the treatments available at HealthExpress
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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.

Fortunately, chlamydia can easily be treated with a simple dose of antibiotics. Azithromycin or Doxycycline can be prescribed for you online by a registered UK doctor, after you have taken an online consultation. If approved, your treatment can be sent using our free overnight delivery service.

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What are the symptoms of chlamydia?

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. If you need more information on chlamydia symptoms, then please visit our symptom page.

What causes chlamydia?

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.

How can I get tested for chlamydia?

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.

What are the risks of chlamydia?

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.

Finding treatment

Chlamydia can easily be treated with antibiotics. To treat penile/vaginal chlamydia, Azithromycin is prescribed as a one off treatment - 500 mg x 2 tablets taken together. For ano-rectal chlamydia, two 100mg Doxycycline tablets can be taken every day for one week. Both treatments will be required if you are experiencing both types of chlamydia. Always take the full course of antibiotics, even if your symptoms of chlamydia disappear before you finish the course

Obtaining treatment from us could not be easier and will take minutes.

Step 1 - Simply complete our online consultation which will be reviewed by one of our registered UK doctors. View the medical questions here

Step 2 - They will be able to recommend a range of beneficial treatments. You will receive a diagnosis in a secure email.

Step 3 - If deemed suitable, you will have the access to login, directly to your personalised member's area, from where you will be able to place your order and receive it the next working day.

Taking an online consultation

If you have tested positive for chlamydia, click below to take an online consultation to determine which prescription treatment is right for you. After you have completed an online consultation, one of our doctors will assess your condition and recommend which treatments are best suited for you. Once you've selected your medication, a prescription will be forwarded to our pharmacy, which will dispatch your medication for fast overnight delivery.

Dr Hilary Jones, HealthExpress Medical Advisor

What should I do if I experience Chlamydia?

One of the most common STIs in the UK, largely because many people don't know they have it, is chlamydia. It can lead to complications, which is why timely treatment is recommended.

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