Chlamydia– What You Need to Know

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection that’s also a sexually transmitted infection (STI). A substantial number of patients with chlamydia do not develop symptoms, especially during the early stages. Untreated chlamydia can cause severe complications, which is why it is important for regular screenings of chlamydia in sexually active individuals.

The Signs and Symptoms of Chlamydia

Some common symptoms of chlamydia in men include:

  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Yellow discharge from the penis
  • Pain in the testicles
  • Pain in the lower abdomen

Some common symptoms of chlamydia in women include:

  • Dyspareunia (i.e., painful sexual intercourse)
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Burning sensation during urination
  • Inflammation of the cervix
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen

The Causes of Chlamydia

The most prevalent cause of chlamydia infection is having unprotected oral sex. Anal intercourse and touching genitals can also transmit the bacteria.

In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported more than 1.7 million cases of chlamydia. However, the vast majority of cases do not get reported.

The Treatment Options for Chlamydia

Fortunately, the treatment of chlamydia is generally easy. A short course of antibiotics is all it takes to eradicate this infection.

Based on your medical history and culture results, your doctor may either opt for a single dose of azithromycin or a 7-day course of doxycycline.

Chlamydia is a very common STD that affects millions of people every year. Untreated chlamydia infection can precipitate severe complications. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.