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Chlamydia can be treated successfully in 95% of cases by administering antibiotics. Broadgate Sexual Health clinic operates a walk-in service as part of our sexual health screening, with no appointment necessary. If you would like to arrange a Chlamydia test, please contract us today in confidence.
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Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by the Chlamydia Trachomatis bacterium, and can be passed from one sexual partner to another through the transfer of sexual fluids, from either the penis, or the vagina.
The thing that makes it such a rampant disease in terms of its contagion rate is the fact that it does not require actual penetration to take place. It can easily be passed on by one partner’s genitalia coming into contact with the other partner’s genitalia.
If fluid is evident, this is enough to facilitate infection. Unfortunately, it is unclear as to whether or not Chlamydia can be passed on from one partner to another by touching the genitalia with the hands. This is an area of concern. Having unprotected sex is one thing, but running the risk of catching the infection through foreplay is quite another matter.
The most common causes of Chlamydia
It is also unclear, or yet to be proven, whether female genitalia rubbing together (if one partner is infected), can facilitate the infection of the other partner. What is known however, is that Chlamydia can be passed on through the following activities:
- Indulging in vaginal sex without appropriate protection
- Indulging in anal sex without appropriate protection
- Indulging in oral sex without appropriate protection
- Physical contact between partners genitalia if contaminated with infected fluid
- Sharing unwashed used sex toys with an infected person
- Using sex toys that are not covered with a condom
- Using sex toys covered with an old, infected condom
The symptoms of Chlamydia in women
In 70% to 80% of the women who contract Chlamydia, there are no symptoms. When symptoms do present themselves however they include:
- Pain or discomfort during urination
- A change in colour, and/or consistency of vaginal discharge
- Pain in the lower stomach
- Experiencing pain or discomfort during sexual intercourse
- Bleeding (not menstrual blood) during sexual intercourse
- Bleeding (not menstrual blood) after sexual intercourse
- Bleeding in between periods
- Periods becoming heavier than normal
If left untreated, Chlamydia can infect the womb, causing a condition known as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID is a major cause of infertility, and can also lead to ectopic pregnancies and instances of miscarriage. As with adults, there may be no symptoms to indicate that the baby has become infected; although in some cases the infection can cause inflammation, which causes discharge from the baby’s eyes. It has also been known for some babies to develop pneumonia.
The symptoms of Chlamydia in men
50% of men who are infected with Chlamydia display no symptoms. For the other 50% however, the symptoms can include:
- Pain during urination
- Discharge from the penis. This discharge can be white, cloudy, or clear and watery.
- Testicular pain
Men sometimes present mild symptoms which disappear after only two or three days. However, even though the symptoms may disappear, the man will still carry the infection, and will therefore pass it on to any partner he has unprotected sex with. If left untreated, Chlamydia in men can cause a swelling of the testicles (a condition known as Orchitis), infertility, and can also cause arthritis.
The parts of the body that Chlamydia can infect
If partners practice anal sex, the anus itself can become infected, which will lead to bleeding, evidence of discharge, and feelings of discomfort or pain. It is also possible for Chlamydia to affect the eyes if infected fluid comes into contact with them. If this does happen, it can cause the eyes to emit a discharge. The eyes swell, becoming irritated, and pain or discomfort is felt each time you blink. These symptoms have been likened to those of conjunctivitis. It is very unusual for Chlamydia to affect the throat, but in instances when it does, once again, it presents no symptoms.
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