Chlamydia – Causes, Symptoms, and Cure in Santa Ana, CA
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Chlamydia is the most commonly reported Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) in the United States.
There were more than 1.7 million cases of Chlamydia reported last year—the most ever reported for a sexually transmitted disease. In fact, 1 in 2 sexually active individuals will contact an STD by the age of 25. If you are sexually active, it is important for you to know the facts and be safe.
Untreated, Chlamydia can cause serious and permanent damage to a woman’s reproductive organs leading to infertility, risks of ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, liver inflammation or reactive arthritis. Men can develop infections in the urethra and testicles. Pregnant women who are not treated for Chlamydia can pass the infection on to their newborn baby. Yes, the risks are high but can lessen with the more you know! At Obria Medical Clinics in Santa Ana, you may qualify for free or low-cost STD testing!
How is Chlamydia Contracted?
The only way to be sure you will not get Chlamydia is to not have vaginal, anal, or oral sex. If you are sexually active, you can be infected with Chlamydia through a partner who has the disease. This is true even if your partner does not ejaculate. The correct use of latex condoms can help prevent the spread but is not a guarantee. Chlamydia can also be contracted more than once, even if you have previously been treated. However, your chances of being infected with Chlamydia can be greatly reduced by having a long-term monogamous relationship with one partner who has tested negative for STD’s. The CDC recommends that if you have multiple partners you should be tested for Chlamydia once every year to check for infection and help prevent the spread.
What are the Symptoms of Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is often referred to as a silent disease. About 90% of women and 70% of men will have no symptoms, but health problems can still develop later. For those who have symptoms they may not appear until several weeks after having sex with an infected partner. If you are a woman you should know that even if you do not have symptoms the disease can still damage your reproductive system.
Symptoms women may notice:
- An abnormal vaginal discharge
- A burning sensation when urinating
Symptoms men may notice:
- A discharge from their penis
- A burning sensation when urinating
- Pain and swelling in one or both testicles
Both men and women can also get Chlamydia in the rectum by having anal sex with someone who is infected, or if the disease has spread from another infected site (such as the vagina).
Symptoms you could possibly notice:
- Rectal pain
But What if I am Pregnant?
If you are pregnant and suspect that you may have been in contact with a partner who could have been infected then you will want to be tested at your first prenatal exam. Chlamydia can be passed on to your newborn during delivery and possibly cause an eye infection or pneumonia. Treatment during pregnancy is the best way to prevent future problems.
How is Chlamydia Tested, Treated and Cured?
At Obria in Santa Ana, CA we do laboratory testing to diagnose Chlamydia through a urine sample, or possibly by a using a cotton swab in the vagina. If you are positive for Chlamydia it is treatable through an antibiotic prescription that we can provide. The antibiotic should cure your infection if it is taken properly. Afterwards the infection and any symptoms you may have should subside. Repeat infection can be common, so you will want to be retested again in 3 months. You will also want to wait to have sex again until your partner has been tested and treated as well. While the long-term effects of Chlamydia can be devastating, with the correct testing and (if needed) follow up treatment, you can be on your way to being cured!
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Obria Medical Clinics – Santa Ana
2001 E. First St. Suite 209
Santa Ana, CA 92705