Chlamydia in men
Chlamydia is one of the sexually transmitted diseases, apart from gonorrhea, genital herpes, syphilis, and HIV/AIDS. It is an infection that was named after the bacteria that causes it, Chlamydia trachomatis. This condition is very serious because it can impair the sexual organs in men, as well as in women.
Symptoms of chlamydia in men
In the majority of cases, the signs of this disease are not much obvious and noticeable. In such cases, when the man who is infected does not notice it, he can pass the bacteria to his sexual partner. However, chlamydia is a disease that has its characteristic symptoms when they appear. It is very important to consult a doctor when the first signs become visible in order to avoid further serious complications. The most common symptom of this infection in men is characteristic discharge from the penis. In most cases, this happens 15 to 20 days from the exposure to the bacteria. The discharge from the penis is usually thick and yellow. Another very frequent and common sign of chlamydia infection is burning sensation while urinating. Additionally, the man who has the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis may experience pain during urination.
Furthermore, there are cases when swelling of testicles appears in men who are infected, and it is also very common. The infected man may notice that his testacies are very tender to the touch and that they are swollen and larger than before. In the cases when chlamydia occurs as the result of anal sex, the most frequent symptoms are burning sensation or pain in the rectal region. Moreover, it is not unusual that the infected person experience anal bleeding and anal discharge. Chlamydia may be caused also due to oral sex and in such cases the most common symptom is sore throat.
Once chlamydia is diagnosed, it is treated very fast. This infection is treated by antibiotics such as doxycycline. It is important not to have sexual activity during the period of treatment. Every man suffering from chlamydia should inform all his sexual partners about it in order for them to be tested and cured on time, if they are also infected.
Chlamydia can be prevented by practicing safe sex. The best way is to have a long-term partner who is tested and who can be trusted. The other way is to use condoms. Chlamydia must be taken seriously and treated promptly. Otherwise, if left untreated it can be even life-threatening.