Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can infect both men and women. The disease spreads through oral, vaginal and anal sex with a partner who has the infection. Chlamydia is also referred to as the “Silent Epidemic” as it does not show any symptoms that can be visible to the naked eye. The disease is most common in young people especially in young women or even in those who have multiple partners or those who refrain from using a condom consistently.
Common Chlamydia Symptoms:
Chlamydia Symptoms in Women
- Burning sensation when passing urine
- Swelling around the anus or in the vagina
- Pain during intercourse
- Abdominal pain
- An unusual vaginal discharge that has an odor
- Bleeding between periods or painful periods
Chlamydia symptoms in Men
- A watery, cloudy, white discharge from the penis
- Itching or burning around the penis opening
- A burning sensation when passing urine
- Testicle tenderness and swelling
How to know if you have Chlamydia?
Most people carrying the disease do not even realize that they are having it. An easy way to know if you have the disease is it to use a Chlamydia test kit. At home test kits for all common STDs are not only affordable and accurate but also allow you to detect the disease right in the comfort of your home.
The Chlamydia Test Kit
The chlamydia test kit comes with a one combo mail-in kit. The test kit for men contains a pot of a urine sample. It also has a prepaid envelope to send the sample to the laboratory. For women, a test kit for chlamydia is a swab test. The kit includes a swab (a little elongated than a cotton bud), a diagram showing how to use it, a tube that protects it and a prepaid envelop to send it to the laboratory. The results are given within 2-3 days after the sample reaches the lab.
Chlamydia test kits usually provide 99.9% accurate results. They are available online or can be purchased from a nearby pharmacy. These kits are easy to use, reliable and provide quick results. However, if you have any concerns regarding the results of using the test kits, it is highly recommended that you get advice from a health professional.
Treating chlamydia is important to prevent long-term health consequences such as ectopic pregnancy, pelvic pain, reactive arthritis, and infertility. Antibiotics are usually prescribed by the doctor to treat chlamydia. Apart from taking the medications regularly, individuals should avoid having sex until the infection has been cleared.
Additionally, taking a preventive measure such as using latex condoms, dental dam during oral sex and testing yourself regularly for the disease can be quite useful in helping you stay away from chlamydia and lead a happy and healthy life.