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Sexually Transmitted Diseases - Chlamydia

how to treat chlamydia

What is it?

Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection through unprotected vaginal, anal and oral intercourse with infected people. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her newborn during delivery, resulting in eye and lung infections in the baby. The bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis is responsible for the infection. Chlamydia is the most common sexual infection among young people aged between 15 and 25 (7.7% suffer from it).

How does it manifest itself?

Generally, chlamydia has no obvious symptoms, except burning and itching. However, the consequences can be quite serious. In men, chlamydia can cause infection of a structure that allows sperm to pass through (epididymis), damage to the testicles, and infection of the prostate and discharge from the urethra. In women, however, chlamydia can cause infertility, ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, damage to the fallopian tubes, and cervicitis (infection of the cervix).

How is it treated?

After diagnosis with swabs (urethral for men, vaginal for women), chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. Both the infected person and partners with whom he has had sexual relations in the 60 days preceding the onset must undergo therapy.

How can it be prevented?

Chlamydia is prevented with protected sexual intercourse using a condom. Disseminating information and encouraging more young people to undergo periodic screening is equally important

If you want to clarify some aspects, book a visit with Dr. Fabio Castiglione Italian Urologist in London.

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