Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in men. To be detected can be quite difficult and that is why it is important to know the Chlamydia symptoms in men. Chlamydia also is by far one of the leading sexually transmitted infections around the world which can affect both men and women. Here is everything one should know about the Chlamydia signs and symptoms in men and what to do in case you are infected.
Chlamydia is sometimes called the “silent infection” because it tends to be asymptomatic until it gets to a more complicated stage. The disease is caused by a type of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis which may be transmitted only by contact with infected semen or vaginal discharge. Hence, any unprotected sexual contact (vaginal, oral and anal) with an infected partner can cause the infection in a healthy individual.
The bacterium Chlamydia symptoms tend to appear more frequently in men than in women. However, it is estimated that nearly half of the men that get infected are not aware of it because they do not experience any symptoms. Even though sometimes the bacterium Chlamydia symptoms are very mild and can be intermittent, they include pain and burning during urination and a more frequent need to go to the bathroom.
Also, men who contracted the infection might notice a white, cloudy and watery discharge from the penis. Most of men complain about burning and itching at the opening of the urethra at the tip of the penis. Other Chlamydia signs and symptoms can be experienced once the infection has complicated. In these cases, pain in the testicles might appear.
Please note: While the video below addresses mainly women, most mentioned facts and recommendations apply to men as well!
It is very important that once the symptoms appear, one seeks medical attention. Another tricky thing about this type of infection is that it cannot be detected by the regular tests that people take in this matter. Therefore, if one suspects he might have Chlamydia he has to specifically request for the only test that detects these bacteria.
Both men and women can find out if they got infected with Chlamydia by ordering a special test which can mean taking either a urine sample or a swab of cells. Whereas many people prefer the urine sample test it has been proven that it is not as reliable as the swab of cells test, especially in the case of men. In men, taking a swab of cells is quite painful and very uncomfortable but it is all worth it given the complications that might arise from untreated Chlamydia. These include even infertility.
To conclude, even if Chlamydia symptoms in men might be missing, this does not mean that the infection cannot be passed on to other partners and the only way to avoid getting infected is by having safe sex.