Chlamydia in men is usually contracted through unprotected sex, anal and oral sex. Chlamydia is the shortened term for Chlamydia Trachomatis, the bacteria responsible for the infection. This infection is usually called a “silent” or “cloaked” disease, since most patients are unaware that they are infected. Susceptible persons are those who have engaged in sexual activities at a younger age.
Chlamydia In Men Symptoms
Chlamydia in men symptoms is usually concealed. Half of the reported cases of Chlamydia infection were characterized as asymptomatic for a number of years. Most patients have unknowingly shared the disease through other partners primarily because of the absence of symptoms. Persons who are sexually active should practice constant screening for earlier detection of this particular disease. It is usually diagnosed when one of the following becomes evident:
- Inflammation of the urethra or urethritis.
- Itchiness or a burning sensation that centers on the tip of the penis.
- Cloudy, watery, whitish or purulent discharge from the penile opening.
- Tender of inflamed testicles.
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Burning sensation while urinating.
Chlamydia In Men Treatment
Treatment for chlamydia in men is generally facilitated by proper diagnosis and prescription of medications that will treat the infection. A licensed physician will evaluate the history of the disease and will do proper assessment to determine the extent of the infection. Professional consultation should always precede treatment and self-medication should not be practiced. Sexual partner/s should seek consult as well to prevent further spreading of the disease and to avoid re-infection. Infectious disease control stipulates the following treatments through medication:
Patient Delivered Partner Therapy (PDPT) is an innovative practice that is done to address both cases of Chlamydia in the patient and with the partner. In this scenario, the physician will issue a prescription for the patient’s partner. This is conducted even without assessing the partner of a patient with a frank infection of Chlamydia.
If left untreated, the Chlamydia will begin to spread to the other parts of the male’s reproductive system. Epididymitis might ensue once the inflammation reaches the testicles. The inflammation of the epididymis increases the risk of sterility in men if left untreated for a couple of weeks.