Symptoms and Treatment
What is chlamydia?
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in America — with approximately two million diagnosed cases in 2017 among men and women (Source: CDC). Caused by bacteria and transmitted through vaginal, anal, and oral sex with an infected person, chlamydia typically infects the urinary tract. However, infection of a woman’s reproductive system can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease — which could cause infertility or serious problems with pregnancy. And babies born to infected mothers can get eye infections and pneumonia from chlamydia. In men, chlamydia can infect the epididymis or the tube that carries sperm, which can cause pain and fever — but very rarely infertility.
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
Most men and women with chlamydia don’t even know they have it — this sexually transmitted disease is notorious for its lack of symptoms. However, those who do experience symptoms may notice a burning feeling when urinating, abnormal discharge from the vagina or penis, lower abdominal pain, painful sexual intercourse for women, and testicular pain for men.
How does ID Care diagnose chlamydia?
Screening and diagnosing chlamydia at ID Care is relatively simple. Our experts will either take a urine test to analyze the presence of the infection in the laboratory or take a swab of discharge from the cervix or into the end of the penis for a sample from the urethra.
How does ID Care treat chlamydia?
ID Care cures chlamydia through antibiotics — either a one-time dose or daily medication for five to 10 days. In most cases, chlamydia will be resolved within a week or two — but it’s important to abstain from sex during this time and to inform your partner of your treatment, as it’s likely they’ll need it as well. Even though chlamydia is 100% curable with antibiotics, if left untreated, chlamydia can lead to major health problems among men and women.
How can I avoid contracting chlamydia?
Although chlamydia can be cured, receiving treatment will not give you immunity against infection in the future. You can decrease your risk of getting chlamydia by using condoms, regulating the number of sexual partners you have, avoiding douching, and getting tested regularly. Our team recommends that women 25 years of age or younger have a chlamydia test every year — but it is important to receive a full screening. Those with chlamydia are at higher risk of also having other sexually transmitted infections, including gonorrhea and HIV — the virus that causes AIDS.