Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections with almost 3 million new cases in the United States every year. It is a bacterial infection carried in semen and vaginal fluids, and is passed through unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex.
Symptoms and Screening
Most people with chlamydia have no symptoms and might have no idea they’re infected. If symptoms do appear, they may present as abnormal vaginal or penile discharge, swelling, or a burning sensation when urinating. It can also infect the throat or rectum. Screening is typically done by testing a urine sample or a vaginal self-swab, or by a self-swab of the throat or rectum. Using condoms with all sexual contact can help reduce the risk of acquiring chlamydia.
Chlamydia can be easily cured through antibiotic treatment, but if left untreated, the infection can lead to serious health problems like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility.
If you are having symptoms of infection or if you were notified that one of your partners tested positive, we recommend being seen as soon as possible to receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Here’s what to expect during your visit at Bridgercare.