Some STDs are more common than you think. Some STDs have few noticeable symptoms, leaving individuals unaware of any infection. Chlamydia is one such STD that rests “in hiding.”
Chlamydia: The Facts
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease. It can affect both men and women. However, women are more prone to contracting it than men. This disease can cause permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive system if not detected and treated early. It can cause health problems for both men and women.
Chlamydia is essentially a bacterial disease caused by having sex with someone who is infected. Sex can be vaginal, oral or anal. It is also important to note that even when the man does not ejaculate, the woman is still at the risk of contracting the disease.
Chlamydia: An STD in Hiding
There are many people who walk around not knowing that they actually have chlamydia. In 2011, 1,412,791 cases of chlamydia were reported to CDC from 50 states of the USA and the region of Columbia, though it is projected that 2.86 million infections occur annually.
That’s over 1 million people each year who don’t know they have chlamydia.
Why don’t they know?
People may not know that they have chlamydia because they either don’t notice symptoms or they don’t have symptoms. The biggest reason people don’t know they have chlamydia is that they do not get tested. Getting tested for chlamydia is one way to know the truth.
How Can You Know?
It is not easy to tell if you have chlamydia since the signs are not always obvious. In women, the following are among the most common symptoms:
pain when urinating
abnormal vaginal discharge that may be smelly
abdominal pain with fever
bleeding between periods
itching or burning in or around the vagina
pain when having sex
abdominal pain with fever among other signs
In men, the signs can include:
painful and swelling around the testicles
burning and itching around the opening of the penis and small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis.
It is important to test for chlamydia to avoid the health risks that come with the disease. If women are not tested and treated, chlamydia infection can cause pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to the damage of the fallopian tubes. If undetected and untreated in pregnancy, chlamydia can lead to early births, cause eye infection, blindness and pneumonia in the new born baby. In men, chlamydia can cause the infection of the urethra, an infection of the epididymis and the inflammation of the rectum.
Testing for Chlamydia
Testing for chlamydia is important so individuals can be treated early enough to avoid health issues. Since it is not easily noticed, testing is the best way to monitor your health. ARCpoint Labs offers confidential chlamydia testing. Look for a local testing center near you for more information.