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Chlamydia

Chlamydia is an STD caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.

Chlamydia can infect your urethra (the tube that leads from your bladder to where your urine comes out), vagina/cervix area, anus, or eyes.

It’s easy to cure. However, if you don’t get treated, it can lead to infertility.

How do you get chlamydia?

You can get chlamydia by having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex. It can also be passed on from mother to child during childbirth.

How can you protect yourself from getting chlamydia?

1. Always use condoms.

2. Get tested when you have a new sex partner.

It’s possible for your partner to be infected with chlamydia and not know it. So when you have a new sex partner, it’s important for both of you to get tested.

What are the signs that you've got chlamydia?

Chlamydia is known as a ‘silent’ disease. This is because up to 80 per cent of women and 50 per cent of men who are infected have no symptoms.

If you do have signs of chlamydia infection, they’ll usually appear within one to three weeks after having unprotected sex. Whether you’ve got symptoms or not, once you’re infected you can still pass chlamydia on to someone else.

Chlamydia symptoms in women

You can get a chlamydia infection from unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal sex.

So where the symptoms show up depends on how you’ve had sex. For example, if you’ve had oral sex, your throat could be infected, and if you’ve had anal sex, you may have anal discharge.

In women, chlamydia symptoms include:

  • Increased vaginal discharge
  • Yellow, mucous or pus-like vaginal discharge
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Increased urination
  • Pain when you have sex
  • Abnormal bleeding, for example between periods or after intercourse
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Yellow, mucous, or pus-like anal discharge

If you’ve had unsafe sex or are experiencing one of these symptoms, see your doctor or go to an STD clinic.

If you do nothing about your chlamydia infection, you can become infertile. Chlamydia can spread to your fallopian tubes and block them. If your fallopian tubes become blocked, your eggs can't travel to your womb, so it becomes difficult or impossible to become pregnant.

If you’re pregnant and infected with chlamydia, you're more likely to have an ectopic pregnancy, when the baby develops outside of the womb. Also, you can pass on the infection to your baby during the birth.

Chlamydia symptoms in men

Roughly half of all men infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Where the symptoms show up if you do get them depends on how you’ve had sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), and anus. It can spread to your testicles too.

Roughly half of all men infected with chlamydia don't have any symptoms.

Where the symptoms show up if you do get them depends on how you’ve had sex. Chlamydia can infect your throat, urethra (tube where urine comes from), and anus. It can spread to your testicles too.

In men, chlamydia symptoms include:

  • White/cloudy or watery penis discharge
  • Burning and itching sensation around the opening of the penis
  • Pain when you urinate
  • Pain or swelling in the testicles
  • Yellowish or pus-like anal discharge

How to get tested for chlamydia?

In women, a swab is inserted into the vagina and a sample is taken from the cervix (the neck of the womb, at the end of the vagina). The sample is then tested for Chlamydia.

In men, chlamydia can be tested for in two ways. You can give a urine sample to be tested for the STD. If you have discharge from your penis, a swab may be taken from your urethra (the hole where you urinate from) and tested for chlamydia.

How can you get rid of chlamydia?

Chlamydia is easy to cure with a course of antibiotics – single dose of azithromycin or a week's course of doxycycline (twice daily).

Comments
that's very true coz my guy always complain whenever I chat or recive calls from male friends and even goes to that point of abusing them
hi there am dating a girl for like one year n she found some txts on my phone me n another chiq sex chatting. Honestly i havent had sex wth that chiq but she doesnt want to believe me,,, she really got mad n furious with me av tried talking to her but all i do is hurt her more...i really love her n i dont want to loose her...pliz help
I av bin in a reltionship with this guy for two yias n am stil a virgin we ve bin kippin it so that we can get married ivo bt he suddenly changed no communication if i dont txt him he wont txt me atyms telin mi i giv him a break he gets angry jz from small mistakes then he says fillings ziliisha mpaka zero i give him tym aone if zitarudi bt i jz let him go did i mek a right decision
Shrniz, as unfair and painful as it may be, you might have made the right decision. It seems like he wasn't interested in the relationship anymore. If you can, have a final talk with him to see if this is really what is going on. Good luck!
Shrniz it seems he dont Want to b with u any more bt just gve tym it may hapen dat he wl knw dat ur suffering Nd he wl b bak
Lesh, have you been trying to have a baby all this time? If you have been trying for three years, it would be best for you and your partner to see a doctor. I you have been trying for less time, make sure that you try to figure out when you are ovulating, and have sex around that time.
I was in a relationship before and it lasted two years, nowadays its not the same. After sex, i feel the relationship is not fulfilling, its happening with every girl. I cant get into a stable relationship. After sex I get fed up and move to the next and the same things happens!!!!!
hi...hav been dating this guy fo almost a yr now...2months ago we started urguing, blaming each other for anything n everythng..we then decided to handle our issues in a better way buh ever since, i hav changed...i knw this coz i find it hard to tell him i love himn rarely text back n even ignore his calls... am not even sure i love him..buh i trust him n he has never cheated on me..plz tell me wats wrong with me??? n i don wana loose him buh i cant tell him exactly wat i tell u now
Hilash, sex is about two people. You need to talk to her and explain that at the moment, sex isn't on your radar. Maybe you can find things you can do together that aren't intercourse, like masturbating each other.
I ve been I a relationship for over five yrs n frm e 3-5yr,we ve actually been in a distant rltn.we had been copx bt now it seems Lyk e distance is pullx us away frm each oder.e communication btw us is no longer frequent n even if it dose,we always end up fightx via fone n am gettx tired of all dis.Wat could possibly be our problem?cuz I ve dis guy so much bt I smtimes wonder if it is reciprocal.
hey,I wanna date again after a bad breakup ,I just can't trust any lady around me after knowing that I was used and lied too. I don't where to start again.
Kingi, take your time. The more time you take, and the better you get to know a lady before you start dating, the easier it will be to gain trust. But don't be surprised if it doesn't happen at once- it takes time to get over a disappointment!
thea s thz gal i av had a crush on,and ts lyk i have fallen in love with ha bt da problem s dat she keeps telling me she is engaged yet i dont thnk she has a bf,i av tried seducing ha bt all in vain nd ts lyk am giving up on ha wot can i do?
Hae guys i rily appreciate the work you doing for us. Av been in a rltnship for a year now n i just dont knw how to open up to my guy. He rily luvs me n i luv him just as much. I neva want to loose him but its like hes giving up on me. He has a bad temper n sometyms i just fear opening up av promised to impruv on it but i just dont knw how to do it. We had a fight recently on the sem issue still n he says hes confused he doesnt knw if he can trust me on it again n i think something must be wrong with me. Hes not talking n it hurts me alot. Am rily stressed I need ua help.
VK, do you mean opening up like sharing thoughts and emotions and things like this? If you have a hard time saying them out loud to his face, could you try writing them to him in letters?
Like even trying to share my thoughts. There have been instances where he gave me cold responses n that turned me off. I must weigh n think about wat I want to tell him if I feel the response wont be gud then I just let it pass. At the moment he is so cold towards me the other day I tried to open up n it ended in a mess. He never talks n if I initiate a conversation the way hes replyin my texts tells me that hes so much upset with me. Av apologised av tried to convince him otherwise but nothing seems to be working. I honestly love this guy I can do anything to see that our relationship works but the pain av been undergoing for the past week will make me give up on everything. He cant understand that we are different unlike him wen I hav an issue I cant express it right away I take time to compose myself b4 I can let it out. My friends have adviced me to stay away and I have honestly tried but its so hard for me am really hurting. At one point I felt so confident about this relationship and now seeing everything fall apart is so harsh to my feelings. I cant help the tears from flowing my heart is in great pain. Thanx for your advice once again.
When a man loves you he will make time to listen and communicate with you. It shouldn't be hard for your parter to listen to you and your little rants ideas and what you like. That's what a realtionship is for... find a person who will always listen and get to know you (friend) laugh and know when you call and he doesn't pick up its because he is legitimately busy, not one who will make you wonder if he's ignoring you or if your a bother but because you know you phone call is a priority. But when you feel like your no 2 or there are more important things he's doing and use that as a consolation for when he does respond that one hi text you feel oh so lucky and fall into the trap thinking he loves you. Then a day later after he didn't text you you start wondering what's wrong is it me, did I do something? No it SHOULDN'T be like that means you have put your happiness in someone's hand, and that's called love. It's important to entrust it with someone who will cherish it and care for it. That's when you need to differnciate between the right one. When you achieve that no matter how many times you try you are able to be happy regardless until the day you actually stop trying and find the right one. Happiness is the key which comes from simply loving your self and being true to who you are. Coming from a girl who did not let a MAN ruin her life. I deciede to step aside and evaluate the situation and talked about it researched about till I thought I was losing my mind. That's when I realised if I'm thinking I'm going crazy what do other people see and when that happened I knew I was sane enough to know better. I don't care how obsessed I looked but I learned my lesson. Coming out stronger and happier. I hope this helps. It helped me talk about it.
hv bin in a relationship 4 3yrs en we hv never have sex wid him bur we do meet talk en even do kissing,,,in our conversations he has never mentioned abt sex.,en smtyms he kips his phon off en claims dat it's nt functions,,,does it mean dat he don't hv sexual desires??
av been datn a guy 4 about two months bt thz is the second tyme hes behaving lyk hes no intrest I love him n I feel he does too wat shld I do? wat I dnt understand is y after some tyme hes so wiyerd n sometymes so nc? I ned to knw if he realy loves me bt am running out of tips to do tht I dnt wana face hm n ask hm if he really loves me............
av bin in a relationship 4 4yrs n am indylema cz wen i tell him 2go kwetu always say sina doh bt kwao thy knw mi lyk am his wyf bt i didn't rcongnic maself as a wyf cz he don't pay attention 2 mi n h don't want mi 2 go out or 2 make frnds even 2 work, r we end up 2 gther in future? am confused wat he want n hr is not open.
have bn dating this guy for 3yrs now, just full of issues. we ve bn solving issues of cheatng wth diffrent girls aftr evry 3 months. i really love him bt this cases are becomng part of the relationship. i trust him no more bt i cant let him go. my dilema is, i also got engaged to another guy 3mnths ago, this guy is so gud tht i dont have to feel insecure, i dont hv to doubt him en he loves me so much. i feel guilty that am playng them bt my new guy knows evrythng abt the other one en wants me to do away wth him. i love both en not ready to drop any, what can i do?
Am in love with a gyal and now am working far away from where I used to live and so icant see her most of my tym plz how should I make my relationship last long
I ve been in relation ship bt I have failed to ask him for support or care as u know ladies wants bt he can never remind himself...wat can I do to gt his care without him failing or having a bad attitude.
Ruth Daminagbor
Sun, 05/29/2016 - 18:55
I hav a date whom I love so much, d first day we met, we had sex and nw, he act as if he doesn't luv me, wen Eva we Ave issues, he say he doesn't want the relationship again n I'll cry pleading he shld not let go of me n along d line he'll 4giv me. Bt he doesn't play wit me much, he cuddles me evry night bt he does not express his feelings towards me, he has never told me hw he feels abt me bt most time I feel he doesn't luv me, bt I luv him so much, i dnt knw wat to do. Wen Eva we make luv, I do ask him if he luvs me, he'll say he do luv me bt I always get him upset den I'll apologize, bt he does not't show his luv evn in d public, he does nt introduce me to his frnds, I dnt knw his plan. Am so confuse.
Hi Ruth sorry that you are in that situation. This could be hard to hear but from what you have explains it seems he does not love you and does not feel the same as you do about the relationship. You need to take time to decide if that is the kind of relationship you would like to be in. Sometimes we can stick in relationships that are not healthy and end up being hurt all the time. Hope you make the right choice.
Ruth Daminagbor
Sun, 06/05/2016 - 09:12
Am here again. Tnx u, I saw ur response. Recently, I asked to walk out of d relationship bt he refused, saying he's goin tru stress dat's y. He calls me frm Time to time to knw hw I am, bt I dnt feel dis connection. He told me he cares abt me n dat he wants to settle dwn bt I dnt nt knw if he's gonna settle wit me. I think he needs space.
Hi Ruth, thanks for writing back. When one wants to break up is a choice you make on your own. You don't need him or anyone else to agree with you because that is a choice that you have made. Here is an article that can help https://lovematters.co.ke/resource/breaking-up .
I have hard time in letting go. I got in love with a certain gal and had issues 6 months ago. Apparently she seems to have moved on but I still find myself can't forget about her. With long distance between I only text and call her mostly of which she hardly respond. Please help!
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