Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by a bacteria. It is one of the most common sexually transmitted disease and it is found in all age groups. Anyone who is sexually active is at risk to infection with chlamydia from unprotected oral, genital, or anal contact. Pregnant women can transmit chlamydia to new born babies causing serious health problems.
Symptoms of chlamydia include the following:
Some people who are infected may not have any symptoms but they can still spread it to other people. Complications can be very serious, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which is a serious infection that can cause damage to the female reproductive system leading to infertility. All women who are sexually active should be tested regularly to make sure they aren’t infected.
The test for chlamydia and gonorrhea used to require inserting a cotton swab into the urethra, which was uncomfortable and embarrassing. Fortunately, a newer test simply involves collecting a urine specimen which can be sent to a laboratory for testing.
Treatment for chlamydia is with antibiotics. One of the quickest treatments is to take a gram of Azithromycin as a single dose but other antibiotic regimens can be selected. Fortunately, cure rates are high and most antibiotic regimens are effective. You need to wait for a minimum of 7 days after the single dose treatment before resuming sexual activity. You can become reinfected so it is important that you test and treat any recent sex partners.
Code 3 Urgent Care can test you for chlamydia and provide treatment in privacy. We can perform comprehensive testing for STDs in additional to chlamydia including gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, and viral hepatitis. If you don’t know your status, you may spread the disease and many people can carry chlamydia without symptoms but still spread the disease to others. Find out today!