What is chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a common STD found in both men and women. It usually came in conjunction with gonorrhea, resulting in these two STDs having similar symptoms.

How is chlamydia spread?

Chlamydia is spread through unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. The ejaculation doesn’t affect chlamydia’s transmission rate as much; if there’s a penetration during sex, there’s a risk of getting chlamydia. It can also be passed on by sharing sex toys and during childbirth.

How can I reduce the risk of getting chlamydia?

All STDs can be prevented by using a condom during sex; chlamydia is no exception. Another method is to get tested for chlamydia before having unprotected sex with your partner.

How do I know if I have chlamydia?

Symptoms for chlamydia will take 2-3 weeks until they’ll show up. The symptoms are as follow,

Symptoms in women are

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge or
  • Burning sensation while urinating

Men with chlamydia may notice these symptoms,

  • Burning sensation while urinating or
  • Having discharge from the urinary tract or
  • Feeling pain or swelling in one or both testicles (less common)

Symptoms for chlamydia in the rectum are

  • Bleeding or
  • Discharge or
  • Rectal pain

Can chlamydia be cured?

Chlamydia can be cured, just like gonorrhea. But the treatment method can be different, depending on each healthcare provider.

How will my doctor know that I have chlamydia?

A urine test can detect chlamydia infection. Other tests are vaginal, oral, or anal swabs for different areas of infection.

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