Chlamydia - What do I do?

Caused by the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis, Chlamydia is an easily contracted Sexually Transmitted Infection/Disease that can lead to long term complications if left untreated. Let’s look into the causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention of Chlamydia, and please do not hesitate to see your doctor if you feel you may be at risk.



CAUSES

Chlamydia is an increasingly common STI. Sexually transmitted infections (STIs), also called sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), are among the most common of the infectious diseases. STIs have, in fact, become more common in Australia in recent years. They can be passed from an infected person to others through various forms of sexual contact, including genital skin-to-skin contact, oral sex and sexual intercourse.


Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria called Chlamydia Trachomatis and can be passed on through sexual fluids during oral, vaginal, and anal sex.



SYMPTOMS

Many of those infected commonly show no sign of infection, but are still perfectly capable of spreading the disease. Sometimes there are no symptoms or can be non-specific, meaning you or your partner may have an STI without knowing it.

Chlamydia can lead to infertility in women and other long term complications or damage if left untreated. Which is why it is highly recommended for anyone sexually active to undergo regular sexual health checks.



PREVENTION

Anyone sexually active is at risk of contracting Chlamydia, but there are many ways to reduce your risk. The best way of protecting yourself is by practising safe sex, so use a condom!



CHECK & TREAT

Unbeknown to most, testing for Chlamydia is a very easy process that involves a simple urine test. We understand that discussing your sexual health can be a rather embarrassing and nerve wracking experience, but regular sexual health checks are an important part of a healthy sex life, especially if you feel you may be at risk.


A sexual health check is advised even before you begin having intercourse with a new partner. Many infections can be easily treated in their early stages, preventing serious complications and further spread of the infection - good news is, most cases of Chlamydia are cured with one dose of antibiotics.




If you are concerned about the possibility of having an STI please seek advice from one of our doctors.


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