Chlamydia

Chlamydia

Chlamydia (pronounced cla-MID-ee-a) is a common STD and one of the more serious. It can spread. It is a bacteria that affects uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix, prostate, epididimis, urethra in both males and females. Up to 75% of those who have it do not notice symptoms and they may carry it for years without ever developing these symptoms and complications.

Chlamydia usually appears from one to tree weeks after sex with an infected person. Some people have chlamydia but have no signs or symptoms.

STAGES
WOMEN
MEN

Symptoms

  • a burning feeling when urinating
  • a new or different discharge from the vagina
  • pain in the abdomen, sometimes with fever and chills
  • painful sex
  • bleeding with sex
  • a watery or milky discharge from the penis
  • an itchy feeling inside the penis
  • burning with urination
  • pain or swelling of the testicles
If Not Treated
  • develop chronic lower abdominal pain
  • spread of the germ to uterus and fallopian tubes which can cause tubal pregnancy, sterility.
  • become sterile due to spread of the germ to the testicles.
Diagnosis
  • chlamydia swab intracellular and is done routinely during pap smears usually
  • urine sample
Treatment
  • Tetracycline or Erythromycin or more commonly Doxycycline (all prescription medications) Repeat cultures in females are required after the next menses following treatment. In males a repeat urine is required after treatment. Reporting is required to the Ministry of Health.
Other
  • As with other STD, you can catch and spread chlamydia through anal as well as vaginal sex. If untreated, it can cause serious problems, particularly for females.
  • Inform current and previous partners so they can be treated. Use condoms at all times.
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