Chlamydia

What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common STD that can infect both men and women. It can cause serious, permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system, making it difficult or impossible for her to get pregnant later on. Chlamydia can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy that occurs outside the womb).

What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
Most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you have sex with an infected partner. Even when chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system.
Women with symptoms may notice:
– An abnormal vaginal discharge;
– A burning sensation when urinating.
Symptoms in men can include:
– A discharge from their penis;
– A burning sensation when urinating;
– Pain and swelling in one or both testicles (although this is less common).
Men and women can also get infected with chlamydia in their rectum, either by having receptive anal sex, or by spread from another infected site (such as the vagina). While these infections often cause no symptoms, they can cause:
– Rectal pain;
– Discharge;
– Bleeding.
You should be examined by your doctor if you notice any of these symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms of an STD, such as an unusual sore, a smelly discharge, burning when urinating, or bleeding between periods.

How do I get chlamydia?
Vaginal, anal, and (sometimes) oral sex. Chlamydia can be passed along even if the penis or tongue doesn’t fully enter the vagina or anus. So, how can it be prevented? Well, while unpopular, not having sex at all is the only way to be 100% safe from STDs. If you are sexually active, condom use every time for oral, vaginal, and anal sex is your best bet for staying healthy.

How do I get tested for chlamydia?
You can order our Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) Chlamydia Test if you believe you have recently contracted a chlamydia infection. The NAA test is a simple urine test that can be taken 1-5 days after exposure. At STDcheck.com, we also offer chlamydia testing as part of our all-inclusive, FDA-approved 8 Panel Test that tests for all common STDs.

What should I know about the Chlamydia Test?
This urine test is the current standard, the most accurate, and widely used for detecting chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. It’s based on amplification of the DNA of the bacteria. Because this test is so sensitive, it’s highly unlikely to have false-positive results. After your results are ready, we will put you in touch with a physician on the phone if you’re positive… at no extra cost. Depending on your situation, he or she will advise you on next steps and, if necessary, prescribe treatment form chlamydia.

Is there a cure for chlamydia?
Chlamydia is curable and treatment is easy. If you test positive for chlamydia, a doctor can prescribe antibiotics to kill the chlamydia bacteria. Remember, both you and your partner must be treated for chlamydia before you can have any kind of sex again. It’s the best way to avoid getting re-infected. And with all medication, it only works if you follow your doctor’s instructions so read the label carefully.

What if I don’t get treated for chlamydia?
For some people, untreated chlamydia can have serious consequences. In women, untreated infections can lead to chronic pelvic pain, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and potentially dangerous tubal pregnancy. It can also cause prenatal problems for an unborn baby including pneumonia. Women infected with chlamydia are at a higher risk for HIV if exposed to it. In men, untreated infection can spread to other parts of the penis, prostate and testicles and cause pain and inflammation. Untreated, chlamydia can also lead to sterility in men.