What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia Trachomatis, more commonly known as Chlamydia, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that affects both men and women of all ages. Caused by a bacterium, Chlamydia can lead to serious health issues, including infertility. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, therefore early testing and diagnosis is crucial. Confidante can offer discreet and reliable testing for chlamydia.
How common is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is the most common STI; there are an estimated 140 million cases worldwide. This includes 1.4 million reported cases in the U.S, over 210,000 reported cases in the U.K and over 6,000 reported cases in Ireland. Many cases of Chlamydia are not reported as it does not always show symptoms, therefore the individual may not suspect they have an infection. By testing for 10 STIs in one kit, Confidante will detect even those infections that do not show any symptoms.
Rates are particularly high in young people and men who have sex with men (MSM)- although anyone who is sexually active is at risk from Chlamydia.
How is Chlamydia passed on?
Chlamydia is passed on through having unprotected sex with someone who already has the infection. This can be through: vaginal, anal or oral sex. It can also be passed on through the sharing of sex toys. Chlamydia may also be passed from an infected mother to her child during childbirth.
What are the complications of Chlamydia?
Chlamydia can be easily treated with antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it can lead to serious health issues. Chlamydia can lead to fertility issues in women, causing damage to the uterus and fallopian tubes. This can cause Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) which affects a woman’s ability to get pregnant and can lead to ectopic pregnancy. In men, complications are less common than in women. It can however, occasionally cause infertility by infecting the tubes that carry sperm from the testis. Regular Chlamydia screening can aid in detecting the infection in the early stages and help to reduce the risk of such complications.