Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) are on the rise across the UK. One of the most common STI is Chlamydia. It is generally found in the younger sexually active section of society but this is not exclusively the case. The age group for the same can be classified anywhere under 25 years of age, but people between 16 to 24 years are more susceptible it would appear from statistics. The biggest problem with this disease is the fact that there are usually no symptoms in many cases; hence, it is difficult to Avert passing the disease to sexual partners. An alarming 50% to 75% of the people suffering from Chlamydia usually do not have any symptoms.
Chlamydia is an STI, which can be passed through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with a partner infected with the disease. As per the NHS Chlamydia page, 206,912 people in England tested positive for the disease in the year 2012. More than 64% of people that tested positive for this were under 25 years of age. Chlamydia is equally prevalent between men as well as women and may also lead to Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Women who suffer from Chlamydia are at risk of infecting their reproductive system, which can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). PID can lead to infertility or other issues during pregnancy that can cause the baby to be born with pneumonia or eye infections. PID can also cause premature births; hence, it is advisable to check for Chlamydia during pregnancy. Men who suffer from Chlamydia can cause infection to the tube (epididymis) that carries the sperm. In some cases it leads to infertility in men, while in others it can cause fever and general body pains.
Though most cases of Chlamydia don’t have symptoms, there are a few cases where the symptoms are apparent. Some of the most common symptoms of Chlamydia are as follows.
Symptoms in Women
· Vaginal discharge
· Spotting between periods
· Pain in the abdomen and fever
· Pain while urinating or while having sex
· Itchy sensation in the vaginal area
Symptoms in Men
· Cloudy or clear discharge from the penis or the rectum
· Itchy sensation around the tip of the penis
· Pain or burning sensation while passing urine
· Swelling or pain around the testicles
Since the symptoms for Chlamydia are not prevalent in most cases, the only way to diagnose your problem is by consulting a doctor. A doctor will conduct different tests for men and women, which will be run in a laboratory. Men will need to submit a swab sample from their urethra, while women will need to provide swab samples from their cervix. Unfortunately, most people find this process embarrassing and are not comfortable talking about their sexual health with another person.
For people who aren’t comfortable with conducting intimate tests in clinics, they can opt for online sexual health clinics. One such clinic is The GUM Clinic, where you can conduct a sexual health test without having to physically go through the process with a 3rd party. They will send a testing kit to your address and you can send a swab or urine sample (as directed) back to their laboratory. The clinic will conduct the test and give you results within 24 hours of receiving the test. You can receive these results by logging online, so the result will be discreet and confidential.
Online sexual health professionals at Health Central can prescribe you with antibiotics if you are diagnosed with Chlamydia. It would be advisable to get your sexual partner treated for the same, so you can avoid further complications. The antibiotic course is usually for a week or just one day, depending upon your medical history. By the end of the course, the infection should clear. It is important to get re-tested after you complete the antibiotic course and also avoid sex with your partner unless he/she is cured too.
You can also opt for an online consultation through BUPA advice for STI, Cystitis, PDI, Chlamydia or any disease before visiting a doctor. This will provide you an opportunity to get your Chlamydia or other intimate sexual health problems addressed by medical professionals. The best part is all details of these tests will be private and you don't even have to leave the house. These online health centres get the tests verified by professional doctors, so you will get the right consultation for your problem. The bottom line is you can opt for online consultations or walk in to a doctor’s surgery, it is important to address any medical problem to prevent further health issues developing.
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