Causes of Chlamydia and What It Is
Chlamydia is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) that both men and women can catch. If it goes untreated it may damage a woman’s reproductive system. Also, it may cause fatal ectopic pregnancy as well as make it impossible for the woman to become pregnant.
This disease can be spread through sexual activity such as vaginal, anal, or oral sex. In addition, the male can catch chlamydia even without ejaculation. Also, if you are pregnant and catch chlamydia you can pass it to your baby during childbirth. Furthermore, if a person has caught chlamydia and was treated, they can still contract the disease again from unprotected sex with a person with it.
Risk Factors of Chlamydia
The best-proven way to not contract chlamydia or any STD is by not having sex. If you are sexually active make sure to use latex condoms the proper way. Also, a long-term monogamous relationship with a clean partner also helps reduce the risk of contracting it.
Certain age groups seem to be more prone to contracting the disease and needing chlamydia testing. Sexually active younger people are generally at higher risk. In addition, gay and bisexual men are a higher risk group as well. But anyone who has unprotected sexual activity is at risk. If you are a woman of 25 years of age and sexually active you should get a chlamydia test at least once a year.
When it comes to testing if you engage in sexual activity with multiple partners you should get chlamydia testing once a year. Also, gay and bisexual men and also pregnant women should also be tested as well. Symptoms of chlamydia can sometimes be hard to know. A majority of people with it do not even know because there are no signs. There are a few signs that some people experience. In women, you may notice abnormal vaginal discharge. Also, a burning sensation while urinating.
In men, they may notice a discharge from their penis. Also, they may experience burning sensations while urinating. In addition, men and women may experience symptoms in their rectum as well. These symptoms may include, discharge, bleeding, and rectal pain. Testing will verify completely if the patient has the disease.
After the chlamydia testing,. you will need to begin treatment for the disease. First, make sure to take all medications properly as they are prescribed to you. COntracting the disease again is common, so make sure to test at least every three months. All patients should not engage in sexual activity until the treatment is completed.
Norfolk, Hampton Roads, and Newport News Area Chlamydia Testing
At Minority AIDS Support Services (MASS) we want to help you get the proper testing you need. We are here to help you in the Norfolk, Hampton, and Newport News areas. Finally, contact us today for more information on chlamydia and any other sexual diseases.