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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.

Chlamydia can infect your urethra (the tube that leads from your bladder to where your urine comes out), vagina/cervix area, anus, or eyes.

It’s easy to cure. However, if you don’t get treated, it can lead to infertility.

How do you get chlamydia?

You can get chlamydia by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also be passed on from mother to child during childbirth.

How can you protect yourself from getting chlamydia?

1. Always use condoms.

2. Get tested when you have a new sex partner.

It’s possible for your partner to be infected with chlamydia and not know it. So when you have a new sex partner, it’s important for both of you to get tested.

What are the signs that you've got chlamydia?

Chlamydia is known as a ‘silent’ disease. This is because up to 80 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men who are infected have no symptoms.

If you do have signs of chlamydia infection, they’ll usually appear within one to three weeks after having unprotected sex. Whether you’ve got symptoms or not, once you’re infected you can still pass chlamydia on to someone else.

Chlamydia symptoms in women

You can get a chlamydia infection from unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

So where the symptoms show up depends on how you’ve had sex. For example, if you’ve had oral sex, your throat could be infected, and if you’ve had anal sex, you may have anal discharge.

In women, chlamydia symptoms include:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Yellow, mucous or pus-like vaginal discharge
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Increased urination
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Abnormal bleeding, for example between periods or after intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Yellow, mucous, or pus-like anal discharge

If you’ve had unsafe sex or are experiencing one of these symptoms, see your doctor or go to an STD clinic.

If you do nothing about your chlamydia infection, you can become infertile. Chlamydia can spread to your fallopian tubes and block them. If your fallopian tubes become blocked, your eggs can't travel to your womb, so it becomes difficult or impossible to become pregnant.

If you’re pregnant and infected with chlamydia, you're more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, when the baby develops outside of the womb. Also, you can pass on the infection to your baby during the birth.

Chlamydia symptoms in men

Roughly half of all men infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Where the symptoms show up if you do get them depends on how you’ve had sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), and anus. It can spread to your testicles too.

Roughly half of all men infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Where the symptoms show up if you do get them depends on how you’ve had sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), and anus. It can spread to your testicles too.

In men, chlamydia symptoms include:

  • White/cloudy or watery penis discharge
  • Burning and itching sensation around the opening of the penis
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Pain or swelling in the testicles
  • Yellowish or pus-like anal discharge

How to get tested for chlamydia?

In women, a swab is inserted into the vagina and a sample is taken from the cervix (the neck of the womb, at the end of the vagina). The sample is then tested for Chlamydia.

In men, chlamydia can be tested for in two ways. You can give a urine sample to be tested for the STD. If you have discharge from your penis, a swab may be taken from your urethra (the hole where you urinate from) and tested for chlamydia.

How can you get rid of chlamydia?

Chlamydia is easy to cure with a course of antibiotics – single dose of azithromycin or a week's course of doxycycline (twice daily).

Comments

Am dating a guy who has promised to marry before any sexual intercourse., but the issue is, i stil enjoy having sex with my ex which is making me confused as to wheda i shud forget the guy am dating nd come back to my ex-guy

Hi Jenny, I hope you realize that what you are doing is cheating and that you are not being honest with the guy, He thinks you are faithful and that you haven't had sex before (whether that should be important or not is another question). And you are sleeping with someone else behind his back! If he did that to you, what would you do? You need to decide what you want, instead of playing games with the guy.

love is 2 b played by both parties....communication is key even if yu fl like hutaki kucheki yo partner jst make a point n communicate no matter wot cz communication helps in understandin each athas worlds

am datn a guy he has bn xo insecure with me n 4 nw hez avoidn me in al mean i.e hez nt replyn my txtz nor answern my kalz n wen we mit he doent want we discus about it hez alwayz clamn 2 be busy.plz nid ua advc

hi love matters?.av dated 3 guys in ma laif n ths age thg seems 2 giv me problems.i neva had any problems with my 1st bf bt wit my 2nd bf,he cud tel me tht som of his frends kip telin him am mch older thn him while th fact is,he was 4years older thn me n wit my 3rd bf, we had bin ok until som days bak wen we wo jokin n he brought out th isue claiming tht am older thn hm while in th real sense,he is a year nd a half older thn me.advice me on hw r cope wit ths prblm cz it realy pises me off esp.....

nw tht am pg 4 him n he has also introduced me 2 his family n agen i lov hm alot.cn th rsn b bcz am a born shagz n they r maborn town cz my 1st bf is a was a born shagz n i neva had any prblm wit him yet awa age difrenc was 2.

how will I maintain long relationship bcoz it seem we end up quarreling and break up now and then, I love her and am afraid of losing her

Hae love matters,my guy went to work a place not far from where I live and he no longer has time for me like before and whenever I ask about it he always says that he has been having many meetings to atyend might he be cheating on me?

Hv been in a r/shp for a year.Hv come to realize that ma bf stil communicates wth his X.I also noticed dat he invites her in her house weneva am nt around.Wen i askd hm,said dat nothn in btwn thm bt onli fredshp.I found msgs on his fb wall dat he adresses her as 'sweetie,ma love' n telln her hw mch he misses her.He denied to hv feelings for her n dat he want to marry me nt her.His mother knows me,he hs even one day invited mi to their chch.Is thea any chance dat thei will get back together in future?..Cn thei be in the house n alone fail to play sex?pls help cz i need to make a gud decision abt ma life.I knw leaving hm wil gv mi pain n heartbreaks bt its gud to suffer nao n prevent regrets in future.

Lilly, have an honest conversation about this with him. Tell him how it hurts you, and tell him that you need to come to a solution that doesn't hurt you anymore. It will take strength, but you will get there. Good luck!

Thanx guys for ua piece of advice. U r of much help esp to us young kenyans who dont knw hw to hurdle prblms in r/shps.I once say thankyou!

hi hv been dating this guy 4 8months now bt wenever he wants to make love wt me itz the time he kols day and nty.wat shud i kol this love or sex desires?

hi i have been dating this guy for a month now n jus some days back a girl calls me claiming she is the girlfriend n later contradicts herself saying they are actually married for one year now and live together but all i know is the guy lives alone and when i confront him on the issue he explains that he never knew about it actually and never knew she had a crash on him but the lady continues nagging me telling me that the guy said he is only after my prestige but after sometime she becomes silent..the guy claims he still loves me n doesnt wanna lose me n all that is pure lies...i still love the guy but am kinda insecure...should i still trust him n continue loving him?

That's a tricky situation, Megan. To be honest, do trust either one of them just yet. Can you find someone who knows anything about him or her? Do you have any mutual friends you could ask if they know anything about the claims? Try to find out as much as you can and take it from there.

am in a rltnshp n my gal shows no affection to mi.she only tells mi sth sweet when she wnts money.is she for real or not?

i have been datin...this guy like 4 months now mostly he tend not to be there since he has school work n after that sent to work n also have sone issues with the dad...the thng z after we disagreed on 31 from there he changed alot...he started sayin he needs space ..,i told him amnt for that we try n lets thngs work...he said okay ...wen i say i love him he only says that he treasures n respects me ....u feel so bad cause he has changed am tryin my all ...coz realy love him n i dont want to let go...he says wen we tlk he real wants that feelin of freedom ....n we are stillin tryin to make thngs work ...it real hurts actualy i wish i could get help i don want to let go....

i have been datin...this guy like 4 months now mostly he tend not to be there since he has school work n after that sent to work n also have sone issues with the dad...the thng z after we disagreed on 31 from there he changed alot...he started sayin he needs space ..,i told him amnt for that we try n lets thngs work...he said okay ...wen i say i love him he only says that he treasures n respects me ....u feel so bad cause he has changed am tryin my all ...coz realy love him n i dont want to let go...he says wen we tlk he real wants that feelin of freedom ....n we are stillin tryin to make thngs work ...it real hurts actualy i wish i could get help i don want to let go....

Nyambura, pole sana. It sounds like you need to accept the idea that this relationship is not going to work out. Don't blame yourself. It will hurt and continue to hurt, but you will come out a stronger person.
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