Chlamydia Diagnosis and Treatment

Dr. Linda Jando, BSc., MD, CCFP, Family Physician, discusses Chlamydia diagnosis and treatment.

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Dr. Linda Jando, BSc., MD, CCFP, Family Physician, discusses Chlamydia diagnosis and treatment.
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Featuring Dr. Linda Jando, BSc., MD, CCFP, Family Physician

Duration: 1 minute, 48 seconds

Chlamydia is a really common sexually transmitted infection. Many people that have chlamydia don’t know that they have it.

It may have no symptoms. If symptoms do develop, in women it may present with bleeding after sex or pelvic pain. If left untreated, it will cause severe reproductive organ damage.

In men, again, it may have, it’s common to have no symptoms, but it may present with burning with urination and, on occasion, discharge from the penis.

So chlamydia can be transmitted through sexual activity, most commonly through genital sex, but it has the possibility of being transmitted through anal sex or oral sex.

The best way to prevent chlamydia is to minimize the contacts with sexual partners, the number of sexual partners, and condoms are also useful at reducing the risk of transmission. So you should be tested with all new sexual partners so that you can have treatment before it causes severe problems.

If you do get diagnosed with chlamydia, it is a curable infection. The treatment is an antibiotic. Your doctor can prescribe it to you, and it’s a short course of an antibiotic. During the time, your partner should also be treated, and you should abstain from sex until you’ve completed the course of therapy.

If you’re concerned that you might have Chlamydia or have any other questions, please contact your family physician.

Presenter: Dr. Linda Jando