What is Chlamydia?
With over 200,000 U.S. cases a year, Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases (STD). In fact, according to Planned Parenthood, chlamydia is more than three times as common as gonorrhea. The chlamydia bacterial infection often displays no symptoms and can be treated with antibiotics. Because it’s so common for the infection to be asymptomatic, chlamydia is easily transmittable. If you’re sexually active, you’re probably wondering, “How do you get chlamydia?” It’s spread by oral, vaginal, and anal sexual contact. Furthermore, pregnant women who have chlamydia can pass it on to their babies during birth. If you think you’ve been exposed to the chlamydia bacterial infection, schedule an appointment with a doctor immediately so you can be treated. Learn more about other sexually transmitted diseases here.
Signs of chlamydia can show up within several weeks of contact with the bacteria.
Chlamydia symptoms in men:
- Painful urination
- Watery or milky discharge from the penis
- Swollen testicles
- Burning or itching around the penis opening
- Chlamydia symptoms in women:
- Painful urination
- Itching or burning around the vaginal opening
- Bleeding between periods
- Abdominal pain and fever
- Pain during sex
- Abnormal vaginal discharge
Other chlamydia symptoms:
- An itchy or bloody anus
- Sore throat
- Red, itchy eyes with discharge
Again, it’s important to note that the majority of people infected with chlamydia don’t actually exhibit any symptoms. Still, the infection could cause damage to the reproductive system. That’s why it’s so important to practice safe sex, use condoms and dental dams, and get STD testing regularly.
It’s always scary when you think you might’ve been exposed to an STD. For those of you eager to know, “Is chlamydia curable?” don’t’ worry. Because it’s a bacterial infection, the treatment for chlamydia is simple. Typically, your doctor will obtain a urine sample and determine whether you have chlamydia or not. If it tests positive, you’ll be prescribed antibiotics. Be sure to take the full course of antibiotics to ensure that the infection fully clears up. It’s also a good idea to revisit your doctor three months after to get tested again. That way, you can ensure that the infection hasn’t returned.
Schedule an appointment with Advanced Urology in the Chicago, Joliet & Naperville area today!
If you suspect you’ve been exposed to chlamydia or are exhibiting chlamydia symptoms, don’t wait to call Advanced Urology Associates. We specialize in providing top-notch care for both male and female sexually transmitted infections. Call our team at 815.409.4930 today and schedule an appointment at any one of our Chicago suburban offices today.
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Advanced Urology Morris
1401 Lakewood Dr. Unit 3
Morris, IL 60450
Advanced Urology Silver Cross Location
1890 Silver Cross Blvd.
Pavilion A, Ste. 430
New Lenox, IL 60451
Advanced Urology AUA Prostate Cancer Center
1541 Riverboat Center Drive
Joliet, IL 60431