Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting many sexually active men and women who do not use a condom, especially when there are different sexual partners. Since many of those affected do not have symptoms, it is straightforward to spread it to others by not suspecting that we have this condition. In this FastlyHealarticle, we explain the form of infection, the symptoms, and the treatment of chlamydia in men and the essential keys to preventing it.
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How is chlamydia spread?
Chlamydia is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, which is spread by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person without using a condom. Sharing sex toys without previously washing them, without protecting them with a condom, or without changing the condom when shared between several people, can also cause the spread of this condition.
This sexually transmitted disease (STD) is most common, especially among young people who have different sexual partners and who do not protect themselves adequately in encounters. It can be accompanied by gonorrhea, another common STD on many occasions.
When a person contracts this condition, they can transmit the bacteria right away and continue to do so until they receive treatment for the infection. Contracting chlamydia once and receiving timely treatment will not make you immune to a new condition, so it is essential to protect yourself in each sexual encounter.
In many cases of women infected with chlamydia, as in men who contract the bacteria, symptoms do not usually appear, so if the appropriate medical controls are not carried out, it may take months or years to identify the condition, which can lead to health complications.
When they do occur, the most common symptoms of chlamydia in men are:
- Difficulty urinating, burning, or pain while doing so.
- Secretions on the penis.
- Itching, redness, or discomfort at the tip of the penis, right where the opening for urinating is located.
- Swelling, despair, and tenderness in the testicles.
If the bacteria is transmitted anally, some symptoms may also occur, such as:
- Rectal pain
- Unusual secretions in this area.
- Bleeding with no apparent cause.
If one or more of these symptoms appear, it is advisable to consult the urologist as soon as possible.
Once the urologist has confirmed chlamydia, it is necessary to start treatment as soon as possible. If you have a partner, it is essential to inform them about the situation to receive timely treatment even when they do not have symptoms. Otherwise, the infection will persist.
Because it is a bacterium, the treatment of chlamydia is based on antibiotics, it usually lasts a week and must be followed strictly according to medical instructions.
The medication can be taken in a single dose, in which case you must wait a week to have sex again. It can also be administered in several doses for seven days, during which you should not have sex.
Complications of this STD
If not treated, the complications of chlamydia in men can affect their sexual health, causing intense urinary infections, testicular inflammation, and pain in this area, leading to discomfort and the presence of fever, symptoms that will disappear when the primary condition is addressed.
Additionally, having this STD without being treated increases the possibility of contracting other infections and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV.
How to prevent chlamydia?
Preventing chlamydia is possible by taking into account some basic measures that will help prevent this and any other STD. That is why at FastlyHealwe recommend:
- Always use a condom during any vaginal or anal intercourse, from the beginning to the end. A simple exchange of fluids without protection is enough to contract an STD.
- Use latex frames for oral sex, which will help prevent transmission.
- Avoid having several sexual partners. If you have them, protection should be extended to the maximum.
- Before starting unprotected sex with someone, it is essential to make sure that you are healthy, so medical tests are recommended to rule out sexually transmitted diseases.
- If you suspect that you have chlamydia or any other STD, do not have sex with anyone and go to a medical care center as soon as possible.
This article is merely informative. At FastlyHeal .com, we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor if you present any condition or discomfort.
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