Chlamydia is one of the most common STD, and unfortunately we get to treat patients with a Chlamydial infection every week.
The germ is being transferred from one person to another during an unprotected sexual intercourse; vaginal, anal or oral. It can also pass from one person to another, by sharing sexual toys without proper cleansing or covering with a condom.
Most of the time, there are no symptoms, and the person who get Chlamydia is a "silent carrier". Therefore, he/she can transfer it to his/her sexual contacts, if the sexual intercourse is not fully protected.
The symptoms usually appear 1-3 weeks after the sexual contact, but they can also appear months or years later.
The most common symptoms of Chlamydial infection are:
· Burning sensation and/or pain during urination
· Discharge from the urethra/anus/vagina
· Vaginal bleeding after intercourse or between menses
· Lower abdominal pain
· Frequent urine infections
· Perineal pain
· Blood in the semen
· Testicular pain
· Throat pain
· Anal pain
· Eye infection
Chlamydial infection is being diagnosed easily by a simple urine test. There is also an option to take a culture with a swab from the penis, anus, eyes, or vagina.
Proper diagnosing and treatment reduce the burden of complications substantially, whereas developing one of them (for example – a pelvic inflammation), makes it much harder to treat and eradicate.
We recommend any person who develop one of the above symptoms get checked, but also any other person who has one of the above mentioned risk factors.