Chlamydia is the most widespread sexually-transmitted diseases plaguing our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2017 there were 1.7 million cases of chlamydia reported to the CDC but an estimated 2.86 million infections actually occur each year. One of the biggest reasons for its spread is the fact that most infected people don’t show any symptoms. However, there is damage being done silently. When left untreated, just some of the possible results include:
- For Men
- Swollen testicles
- Urethral infections
- For Women
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Tubal pregnancies
In men and women alike, failure to correct the problem results in continued spread. It’s better to be safe than sorry. If you’re sexually-active, the only way to know for certain you don’t have chlamydia is to rely on lab-based testing.
- Most people with chlamydia are asymptomatic and do not seek testing, which is why so many cases are not reported
- At least two-thirds of new chlamydia infections occur among those aged 15-24 years
- It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active young women aged 14-24 years has chlamydia
- Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner and ejaculation does not have to occur for it to be transmitted or acquired
- Being treated once for chlamydia does not make you immune - if you have sex with another infected person you can get it again
Chlamydia Symptoms to Watch Out For
More often than not, chlamydia is asymptomatic. Meaning most people who have the infection don’t know it and don’t seek testing for it. That’s why of the 2.8 million estimated cases in the US each year, only about 1.7 million get reported. However, there are some chlamydia symptoms you may experience. Those include:
- Abnormal vaginal or penile discharge
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Men may experience pain and swelling in one or both testicles
- Rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding
An Easily Treatable Disease
Chlamydia can be easily treated using antibiotics. This makes it all the more distressing for people who have suffered long-term consequences because they did not get tested for it earlier. Within seven days of your first dose, you’re typically able to resume sexual activity without risk of spreading the disease.
The staff here at Test Smartly Labs understands the embarrassment that can be associated when requesting STD testing. Don’t be shy! We see you as a responsible adult ensuring the safety of both your health and your partner’s. Call today to see how we can help.