|Chlamydia Real Help, Real Advice, Real Treatment|
|What is Chlamydia?|
Chlamydia is the most common std in America and Europe. It is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis. Unfortunatly, chlamydia can be a very difficult disease to diagnose, because the symptoms of chlamydia are usually mild or absent. If left untreated serious complications that cause irreversible damage, including infertility, can occur "silently" before a woman ever recognizes a problem. Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man. So if something does not feel right, get it checked out.
|How do you get Chlamydia?|
Like most STD's you get it through some kind of sexual contact, but before you start accusing someone of cheating on you or being dirty please read on. Chlamydia can be transmitted during, oral, vaginal or anal sex, it can also be passed on from mother to baby during childbirth. Any sexually active person can be infected with chlamydia. The greater the number of sex partners, the greater the risk of infection.
Teenage girls are at the highest risk because the cervix (opening to the uterus) of young women is not fully matured and is probably more susceptible to infection. They are at particularly high risk for infection if sexually active. Since chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, men who have sex with men are also at risk for chlamydial infection.
|What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?|
Chlamydia is often known as the "silent" diease because about 75% of infected women and about half of infected men have no symptoms.
There are laboratory tests to diagnose chlamydia. Some can be performed on urine, other tests require that a specimen be collected from penis or cervix.
Asymptomatic It is called Asymptomatic if there are no symptoms.
In the beginning Chlamydia may not make you feel anything is wrong, so you may not even know you have it It can just come and go. Those who do notice that they have this infection will have certain symptoms for weeks or months, depending on the severity of the infection and whether treatment was undertaken early, or not at all. But, as it gets worse, you will begin to experience different symptoms.
Female Symptoms of Chlamydia
In Pre-puberty Girls Vaginal discharge and odor (Vaginitis)
In Post-puberty Girls Discharge (off-white) and odor which comes from the cervix being infected
In Women Chlamydia is often silent in women, with up to 90% of women asymptomatic. Women can carry the bacteria for months or even years without knowing it. This makes screening very important. In women, the bacteria initially infect the cervix and the urethra (urine canal).
Women who have symptoms might have an abnormal vaginal discharge or a burning sensation when urinating. When the infection spreads from the cervix to the fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries to the uterus), some women still have no signs or symptoms; others have lower abdominal pain, low back pain, nausea, fever, pain during intercourse, or bleeding between menstrual periods. Chlamydial infection of the cervix can spread to the rectum. Symptoms can start to occur within 3 weeks after getting the infection and include the following:
Constant lower abdominal pain
Mild, milky or yellow mucus-like vaginal discharge
Nausea and fever
Pain during urination
Pain during sexual intercourse
Spotting between periods
Male symptoms of Chlamydia
Men with signs or symptoms might have a discharge from their penis or a burning sensation when urinating. Men might also have burning and itching around the opening of the penis. Pain and swelling in the testicles are uncommon.
Men or women who have receptive anal intercourse may acquire chlamydial infection in the rectum, which can cause rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding. Chlamydia can also be found in the throats of women and men having oral sex with an infected partner.
Discharge from the tip of the penis
Burning during urination
Itching around the tip of the penis
|Chlamydia Treatment Options|
The good news is that Chlamydia treatment is pretty easy and straight forward. These are recommended treatment regimes from the CDC of America.
A single 1g or 4 x 250mg dose of azithromycin / zitromax / zithromax or a week of doxycycline (twice daily) are the most commonly used treatments. HIV-positive persons with chlamydia should receive the same treatment as those who are HIV negative.
All sex partners should be evaluated, tested, and treated. Persons with chlamydia should abstain from sexual intercourse until they and their sex partners have completed treatment, otherwise re-infection is possible.
Women whose sex partners have not been appropriately treated are at high risk for re-infection. Having multiple infections increases a woman's risk of serious reproductive health complications, including infertility. Retesting should be encouraged for women three to four months after treatment. This is especially true if a woman does not know if her sex partner received treatment.
|Zithromax Treatment for Chlamydia|
|Doxycycline Treatment for Chlamydia|