Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in the UK. More than 200,000 people have had STD tests carried out and tested positive for Chlamydia in England alone. Almost 7 in every 10 people diagnosed with it, were under the age of 25. If you think you have contracted chlamydia then it’s important to book a discrete and confidential appointment at Broadgate GP.
Although chlamydia is usually asymptotic; meaning it shows no sign or symptoms there are cases where symptoms do show. Symptoms can come and go, meaning you mightn’t even associate a particular sign with the infection. Although there are some shared symptoms, the symptoms can differ between both men and women.
Statistics have shown that at least half of all men with chlamydia don’t show any signs or symptoms and those that do are unlikely to realise they have the infection. When left untreated the infection can lead to further complications so it’s important to understand what the symptoms are.
Some of the most common symptoms in men include:
The percentage of women who don’t notice the symptoms of the infection is even higher than men. A staggering 70% of women who have tested positive for Chlamydia haven’t realised they were displaying signs and symptoms associated with the infection.
Some of the most common symptoms in women include:
When the infection is left untreated in women, the complications are must worse and can lead to serious health problems. Identifying the infection and seeking the appropriate treatment is even more important in women than men, to ensure all aspect of health are kept in good check.
As well as displaying signs and symptoms differently in both males and females, the infection can have shared symptoms. When chlamydia infects the rectum, throat or eyes it can display symptoms such as:
Whether you’re a man or a woman, being regularly tested or screened for chlamydia is important to ensure you’re in full health. Should you be sexually active or if you’ve recently gotten with a new partner then getting a test can help to make sure both of you are clear or are treated should one or both of you test positive.
Although it can display symptoms the infection tends to remain asymptomatic or the signs are confused with other illnesses. To stay healthy, make sure you get tested for chlamydia regularly at your local sexual health clinic.
This means people who test positive for the infection can be treated and the chance of complications developing will be reduced. WHO are constantly investing in developing STI vaccinations to combat the growing problem of sexually transmitted infections.