Chlamydia is often symptomless, making it very difficult to spot. If you have changed sexual partner, and either of you has had sex before, it is a good idea to get tested. A simple swab or urine test, can be used to check for chlamydia and you can even do this test at home. Possible symptoms of chlamydia in men may include:
- Pain when passing urine
- Burning sensation in the urethra
- Cloudy discharge from the penis or anus
- Painful and swollen testes
- Irritation at the tip of the penis
These symptoms will usually appear between one and three weeks of contracting the infection, but for some people they may not appear until several months later. Some symptoms may resolve after a few days, but it is important to remember that this doesn’t mean the Chlamydia has gone. You still need to be tested and treated accordingly.
Although it is often symptomless, Chlamydia can cause long term damage if not treated. The infection can spread to other parts of your body which in turn may lead to more serious problems such as reactive arthritis and inflamed testicles. In some cases, Chlamydia can lead to decreased sperm function and subsequently cause fertility problems in men.
Luckily, Chlamydia can be very easy to diagnose and a simple swab or urine test can determine whether or not you have the infection. These methods are quick, painless and reliable. Once taken, the collected sample needs to be sent to a lab for analysis before the results can be determined. If you notice any of the symptoms listed above or if you have had unprotected sex with someone who may have the infection. You can purchase an at-home Chlamydia test kit and you’ll get the results back in 3 days from the point the sample is received and analysed at our UK based NHS accredited lab.
As well as being simple to diagnose, Chlamydia is also easily treatable in men and can normally be dealt with using a short course of antibiotics, such as Azithromycin or Doxycycline. This course of action is effective in 95% of cases. The tablets may be a one-day or week long course but in both cases, you shouldn’t have sex, even with a condom, for the seven days you are being treated (if you took the pills in one day, don’t have sex for a week afterwards). Chlamydia contracted in the eye is treated with eye drops; however oral antibiotic tablets may also be necessary.
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