The Ninja of STDs!

Hey Shawna,

What is the most common STD?

-Anonymous

Oh, this is an easy one.  The answer is (drum roll please)…. CHLAMYDIA!

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the United States and we see LOTS of it here at New Generation Health Center.

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis.

How Do People Get Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is passed from one person to another through female vaginal fluids and male ejaculatory fluids (cum and pre-cum) of people who are infected.  Although it is most commonly passed through sexual intercourse (penis in vagina or penis in anus),  it can also be transmitted (passed from one person to another) orally (mouth on penis/vagina/anus). Meaning,  it’s possible to get chlamydia in your vagina,  penis,  or your mouth.

You can’t catch chlamydia from a towel,  doorknob,  or toilet seat.

*Anus is the butthole

What are the Symptoms of Chlamydia?

Unfortunately,  most people don’t experience any symptoms and therefore don’t know they have it.  The lack of symptoms is why chlamydia is such a common infection – it is easily passed unknowingly!

But for those who do have symptoms,  they usually goes as follows:

For women symptoms may include pain and itching of the vulva or vagina;  vaginal discharge;  unusual vaginal or anal bleeding;  pain with urination (peeing);  and/or pain when having sex.

For men symptoms may include discharge from the penis or the anus;  pain or itching at the head of the penis;  and/or pain with urination.

IF only it were this easy to tell if someone has chlamydia.

How is Chlamydia Treated?

Fortunately,  chlamydia is easy to treat.  Just 2 pills of an antibiotic and no bodily fluid exchanges for a week (meaning no sex or sex with a condom) and it’s gone like you never had it.  But treating it once doesn’t mean you can’t get it again in the future if you are re-exposed.  That’s why it’s important that any partners you have also get tested and/or treated.

What is the Test for Chlamydia?

EASY!  Pee in a cup!!!  That’s all we ask you to do here at NGHC anyway.  Other clinics may take a swab (use a big Q-Tip) of the vagina,  penis,  or anus.  The sample (pee or swab) is then sent to a lab where it takes about a week to process and get the results.

We recommend that sexually active teens and young adults test for chlamydia at least once a year.  More if they have more than one partner or if there is unprotected sex (sex without a condom).

Routine testing is important (even if no symptoms are present) because if chlamydia is left untreated it can lead to a more serious infection that can cause infertility (not being able to get pregnant) in the future.

How Do You Prevent Chlamydia?

Luckily,  this is also easy!  Use condoms.  Condoms prevent the sharing of fluids.  No exposure to fluids = no chlamydia! Also,  talk to your partner(s) about their STD status.  If they haven’t been tested recently,  you may want to wait to have sex.

Get tested! Use Condoms!

Check out Planned Parenthood for more information!

In happiness & health,

Shawna

Reviewed by Kohar Der Simonian, MD

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