Frequently Asked Questions
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most prevalent type of sexually transmitted infections (STI) in the UK. It is even more prevalent among young people between 16 and 25 years old. The infection is passed through unprotected sex, including vaginal, anal, oral, and by sharing sex toys. Symptoms of this infection include vaginal or penile discharge, mild stomach pain (for women) and pain or irritation in the testicles and penis (for men).
The problem with Chlamydia is that it frequently presents without symptoms, so many people wouldn’t even realise that they have it. Because of this, it can easily be spread to others and also cause other health complications. For women, it can wreak havoc in the reproductive system by causing pelvic inflammatory disease, hindering the proper function of the fallopian tubes and eventually develop into infertility. For men, it can also cause fertility issues, affecting sperm production, resulting in a more difficult conception.
What are the causes of Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is caused by a bacterium known as “Chlamydia trachomatis’. Because it is considered as an STI, it spreads from person to person through sexual intercourse. Once infected, this bacteria can survive inside the vagina, penis and rectum. It can also be found in the semen and vaginal fluids that is why it is highly contagious during sex.
A single contact with an infected person can already cause you to contract the infection. However, having unprotected sex with multiple partners will increase your risk of getting infected. It is best to undergo regular tests, at least once a year or every time you have sex with a new partner.
What is the treatment for Chlamydia?
The first step for Chlamydia treatment is proper diagnosis. The test requires the insertion of a simple cotton swab into the vagina or urethra to check if your body fluids are positive with the bacteria. These tests can be done at your local GP or any sexual health clinic. You can also do it yourself at home using our STI test kits.
If the test shows a positive result for Chlamydia, you will need to get treated with antibiotics. You can either be prescribed with a one-off dose of Azithromycin or 2 Doxycycline tablets daily for a week. These medications are highly effective, especially when sourced from a reliable pharmacy such as True Medical.
After undergoing treatment for Chlamydia, you should follow preventative measures to avoid getting it or another STI again. This includes using protection during sex, not sharing sex toys and getting regular tests or check-up.