Chlamydia

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most common Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) in the UK roughly 440,000 people get it each year. It is particularly prevalent among men and women aged between 15 and 35. Chlamydia is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia Trachomatis.

Chlamydia symptoms in women:
About 70% of women with chlamydia have no complaints, or only vague ones. Untreated chlamydia can rise through the cervix to the Fallopian tubes, leading to Fallopian tube inflammation. Inflammation may spread to the abdomen and cause scarring and blockage in the Fallopian tubes.
When symptoms do occur they typically manifest as:
- pain during urination
- vaginal discharge
- painful intercourse
- abdominal pain
- bleeding in between menstrual periods

Chlamydia symptoms in men:
As is the case with women, most men with chlamydia have no symptoms. If left untreated the chlamydia bacterium can infect the testicles and cause epididymitis (testicle inflammation). Symptoms that do appear often include:
- pain during urination
- discharge
- testicular pain

All mucous membranes are susceptible to infection. Chlamydia can be treated effectively with antibiotics. A list of medicines to effectively treat chlamydia is provided below. If in any doubt about what medicine to take, please consult your GP or other appropriate physician.

Most prescribed chlamydia treatments:
1. Azithromycin
2. Doxycycline

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