Tourists from Britain in Magaluf, a hotspot for sun, booze and sex, have pointed out that Chlamydia is spreading fast among horny party-lovers. There are tweets stating that Britons are frequently seen queuing at the clinic in Majorca Resort for treatment of this disease. Research has indicated that many young people in Britain have unprotected sex when they spend their holidays in worldwide nightlife resorts such as Magaluf, leading to a serious chlamydia epidemic.
Generally, in 2015, 434,456 STIs were diagnosed in clinics specialized in sexual health, which was lower by 3% than the last year. Most of the decrease was in Chlamydia diagnoses, which reduced by 4%, with 46% of all STIs, that is, 200,288 cases.
The Public Health department in England stated that the decrease in Chlamydia diagnoses was mainly caused by a drop in the number of people testing for it; in spite of the efforts made to convince young people that they need to be tested annually or after a change of partners.
What Is Chlamydia?
It is a common disease that is sexually transmitted, and it is brought about by a type of bacteria. A person infected with this disease does not portray any symptoms during the first days of infection. But this does not mean they are safe. Chlamydia may bring about health complications after a while, such as destroying women’s fertility, or for those already pregnant, it could pose a danger to their pregnancies. You can always get more information about chlamydia should you think you are affected.
Usually, Chlamydia has no symptoms; but it may bring about painful urination, rare vaginal, rectal or penis discharge, bleeding after or during sex along with inflamed or sore testicles.
In case you have unsafe sex with a person and you are unsure of their STI status, you should take a test for Sexually Transmitted Infections, including Chlamydia. Make sure you are tested every time you are exposed to the threat. However, it is important to remember that using condoms will reduce risk of infection.
Chlamydia is treated using oral antibiotics, which can be taken in one or multiple doses. If you take too long before you look for treatment of the infection, you may be exposed to critical complications. You should see a doctor the moment you realize you may have risked getting the infection.
How to Know the Symptoms and Signs of Chlamydia
The symptoms are hard to notice. They come after between one and three weeks of contracting the infection. The most frequently noted symptoms of Chlamydia include:
Burning sensation when urinating
Green or yellow vaginal or penal discharge
Lower abdominal pain
Painful sex among women (dyspareunia)
The disease may at times spread to women’s fallopian tubes, leading to PID (pelvic inflammatory disease), which is a very serious condition. Symptoms of this condition include serious pelvic pain, nausea, fever, and bleeding abnormally between their periods. Chlamydia can also affect the anus, leading to anal pain, bleeding and discharge.
One can get the infection on their throat through oral sex. The symptoms in this case are coughing, fever and sore throat, but even then, one may fail to know that they are Chlamydia-positive.
How Chlamydia is Diagnosed
When you go to the doctor regarding this infection, there is a chance he/she will ask what symptoms you have observed. In case you haven’t observed any, you may be asked the reason for your speculation. If that happens, you should explain how you suspect you may have been exposed. Alternatively, you can simply take a home chlamydia test before visiting the doctor.
The most successful test for Chlamydia diagnosis is through a urine test in men and vaginal swab in women. In case of a possibility that your throat or anus is infected, swabs are taken from the respective parts for testing.
Fortunately, this infection can easily be treated. Antibiotics are used to treat it, since the infection is caused by bacteria. The antibiotic Azithromycin is usually used, and it is given as one large dose or a five-day dose, while Doxycycline is given as a one-week dose, taken two times each day.
You may also be given other antibiotics. You must take the drugs as prescribed, and follow the dosage instructions carefully to gain full recovery. You may take them for almost two weeks, even if they are single-dose drugs. You are not allowed to engage in sex while you are on treatment. Unfortunately, Chlamydia is a recurrent infection, even for someone who has been treated.
Prevention of Chlamydia
Using a condom in case of uncertainty of your partner’s status is the safest prevention method. If you choose not to abstain from oral sex, then use a condom if you are uncertain of your partner’s STI status. Also use a condom when having sex with someone new, and go for STI tests, including Chlamydia every time you have a new partner.