Updated: Oct 24
Too busy to pay much attention to your sexual health? You might want to change that. Many people don't experience any symptoms when they have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), so they often are unaware they're infected.
Chlamydia is the most common STI in Singapore and is easily passed on during sex. So if you have a new sexual partner, multiple sexual partners, don’t usually use condoms, or have poor sexual hygiene, you should consider doing regular STI screenings.
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
Women: Pain or burning sensation during urination, pain in the lower abdomen during or after sex, bleeding during or after sex, and abnormal vaginal discharge and bleeding.
Men: Pain or burning sensation during urination, white/cloudy/watery discharge from the tip of the penis, and pain in the testicles.
It's also possible to have a Chlamydia infection in your rectum, throat, or eyes. Symptoms in the rectum may include pain or soreness, discharge, and bleeding. Throat infection will have no symptoms but may cause sore throat.
How to test for chlamydia?
Chlamydia can be diagnosed with a urine test or by taking a swab of the affected area.
What to do if I have chlamydia?
Get treated. The infection is easily treated with antibiotics, but can lead to serious long-term health problems if left untreated.
Tell any previous or current sexual partners. They should also get tested and may need treatment. This is understandably an uncomfortable conversation, but this is important to stop the spreading of the infection, and allow them to protect their health too. Also, without treatment, your partner might pass the STI back to you.
Get retested. It’s common to get infected with chlamydia again. Even if you and your partner took medicine, you should be retested in 3 months.
What can happen if I don’t get treated for chlamydia?
Women: Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) which can lead to health problems like ectopic pregnancy (pregnancy outside the womb) or infertility (inability to get pregnant).
Men: Chlamydia can cause a painful condition in the tubes attached to the testicles. In rare cases, this may prevent him from being able to have children.
Untreated chlamydia may also increase your chances of getting or giving HIV.
Interested in testing for chlamydia?
Ferne Health’s STI screening kit uses vaginal/ penile swab and oral swab for home-based collection of specimens for screening. Order Ferne Health at-home STI screening kit today, and receive a complimentary doctor consultation with every purchase.
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