What is Chlamydia?
There are many sexually-transmitted diseases or STDs of which chlamydia is one. This disease is caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. Individuals of both sexes can be afflicted. In the case of female’s chlamydia can develop in the rectum, throat or cervix. In male patients, they will be afflicted in the throat, rectum or urethra. People can be infected with chlamydia when having anal, vaginal or oral sex. This will happen when they have intercourse with someone who already has this bacterium. During childbirth, chlamydia can pass from the mother to the baby. Many people already had problems with chlamydia at some point in their lives. Even though they were medically treated at that time, they can get re-infected when they have unprotected intercourse with someone who has chlamydia. It is especially young people who are at-risk and in particular young females. The risks can be very high when the woman has many partners and especially if no condom is used. In the early stages of chlamydia, there are no symptoms. Many people are not aware that they have chlamydia. Even though there are no visible symptoms it is still possible to transfer chlamydia to someone else. For those people who do have visible symptoms, such symptoms will only appear several weeks after a person has been infected.
Typical male and female symptoms
As far as a woman is concerned that you may notice an abnormal vaginal discharge which may be accompanied by a very strong odor. When urinating they may notice a burning sensation. When having intercourse, there may be some pain. As far as men are concerned there may be swelling in the testicles and this might be painful. There might also be an itchy or a burning sensation around the opening of your sexual organ. When urinating there may be a burning sensation and there might also be a discharge from the sexual organ. When the rectum is infected by chlamydia in either men or woman this can result in severe pain, there might also be bleeding and a discharge may be noticed. It is possible to make use of laboratory tests in order to diagnose chlamydia. In order to make that possible, it will be necessary to provide a urine sample. It is sometimes possible for a woman to simply provide a cotton swab with vaginal fluids which can then be tested for chlamydia.