Chlamydia is classified as a type of STD or sexually transmitted disease. This particular infection is in fact considered to be the most common STD in the United States. Chlamydia is otherwise known as the “silent” disease. This is due to the fact that about 75% of all infected women exhibit no symptoms and about half in all cases in men are asymptomatic. However, both genders are still capable of showing any signs and symptoms of the disease. What are the different Chlamydia symptoms in men?
Chlamydia symptoms in men are actually considered mild. These symptoms may even take 2 to 3 weeks before it can be noticeable for the person infected. Showing no symptoms or being asymptomatic can be good for those infected because this prevents them from experiencing any discomforting and irritating side effects of the disease. However, not being able to show any signs and symptoms of the infection can also be a bad thing since infected people are unaware that they are already capable of transmitting the disease. Because of this, Chlamydia can spread faster than any other STDs.
How is Chlamydia transmitted? Chlamydia is transmitted through anal, oral and/or vaginal sex. This type of STD can also be acquired through genital contact of an infected individual. Unprotected or unsafe sex is also at high risk of passing the disease. Since most infected individuals are unaware of the presence of Chlamydia, passing the bacteria through unprotected sexual acts can still continue not until complications will begin to arise. If this is untreated, symptoms of Chlamydia in men can start to appear such as decreased sperm quality, urethritis with the presence of pus and mucus at the penile opening, epididymitis with swollen scrotum, painful urination, painful testicles, penis discharges and presence of blood in semen.
Infected discharges can also cause other complication in the different parts of the body. Once discharge comes in contact with the eyes, it can cause blindness and conjunctivitis. Aside from this, cervicitis and PID or pelvic inflammatory disease in women can also occur as well as pneumonia in some infants. However, symptoms in men are considered mild only in comparison to women. However, regular check-ups and screening must always be done especially if the person is sexually active. The use of condoms and other protections can also limit or prevent the spread of the disease. However, abstinence in sex once infected is still the number one protection from STDs.
These are just some of the facts and symptoms of Chlamydia in men. Learning how to identify and note these symptoms can be very effective in the prevention and treatment of this disease.