By Tiby Thomas
Signs and symptoms
Often people with chlamydia do not have symptoms. But if it does appear then it’s usually one-three weeks after you are infected.
Some of the common symptoms are:
· burning feeling during urination
· discharge from the penis or vagina
· pain in lower abdomen
· painful sexual intercourse for women
· pain in the testicles for men
How can it be transmitted
Chlamydia is caused by a bacteria. The infection is spread by oral, vaginal, or anal sex, and if you touch your eyes with a contaminated hand, you may also get conjunctivitis. Chlamydia can also be passed during vaginal birth to the infant.
Chlamydia can be treated by taking anti-biotic for a week prescribed by your doctor.
Some women grow pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), an infection that can damage the uterus, cervix, and ovaries. This is a painful disease that often needs hospital treatment.
The epididymis, the tube that holds the testicles in place, may become inflamed, causing pain. In addition, the infection can spread to the prostate gland, causing a fever, painful intercourse, and discomfort in the lower back.
One of the most effective ways of avoiding chlamydia infection is by limiting the amount of new sexual partners you have. The more people you have sex with, the greater your chances of getting the disease. In addition, during each sex, you should use a condom.