What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (S.T.I) caused by bacteria. It can affect both men and women and often shows mild or no symptoms.

Symptoms:
Chlamydia is often referred to as a “silent infection” because many people don’t experience any symptoms. For some, chlamydia symptoms are like S.T.I which include genital pain, abnormal discharge, and discomfort during urination.

Testing and Diagnosis:
Testing for Chlamydia is simple and involves a urine sample or a swab from the genital area.

How is chlamydia transmitted?
Chlamydia spreads mainly through unprotected sex. Simply touching genitals together can also transmit the bacteria. Newborns can get it from their mothers during birth.

Prevention:
Practicing safe sex with consistent and correct condom use is a key prevention method. Getting tested, communicating with your sexual partners, and avoiding sharing sex toys are also essential preventive measures.

Treatment: Chlamydia is easy to treat and can be cured. Since it’s bacterial in nature, antibiotics treat it. Azithromycin is an antibiotic usually prescribed in a single, large dose. Doxycycline is an antibiotic that must be taken twice per day for about 1 week. It can take up to 2 weeks to clear infections. If left untreated,

Chlamydia can lead to serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) in women, causing potential fertility issues. In men, it can lead to urethritis and, in rare cases, epididymitis.

Despite being common, many people lack awareness about Chlamydia and other STIs. This highlights the urgent need for education and understanding.

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