Thousands of people are diagnosed with Chlamydia every day. Unfortunately, because Chlamydia is so common, it can be tempting to treat it like any other infection.

So, what if you already have Chlamydia? Can it go away on its own?

In this blog post, we will explore the answer to that question and discuss ways that you can treat the infection if needed. We’ll also look at some of the long-term effects of untreated Chlamydia and why prompt treatment is necessary.

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An overview of Chlamydia

Chlamydia, an infection caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria, is the world’s most common sexually transmitted infection.

The World Health Organization estimates that around 129 million people worldwide are infected with Chlamydia every year. In the UK, about 88,000 people were diagnosed with a Chlamydia bacterial infection in 2021.

A Chlamydia trachomatis infection is usually spread through unprotected sex or sexual contact with someone who is already infected, including vaginal sex, anal sex, and oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed on by using sex toys that have not been adequately sterilized between uses or covered with a new condom each time.

Chlamydia is usually asymptomatic, meaning that many people who get Chlamydia won’t have any symptoms and won’t know they have the infection.

However, those who do experience symptoms of Chlamydia may have pain when urinating, an unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, bleeding between periods, or bleeding during sex.

Will Chlamydia infections go away on their own?

No, Chlamydia infections will not go away on their own.

In some cases, a Chlamydia infection can be fought off by the body’s immune system, but these cases are rare and should not influence anyone’s decisions to get tested or treated.

Sometimes, the symptoms of Chlamydia come and go, leading many people who have the infection to falsely believe that the infection has gone away or that they had another, less severe infection.

In most cases, the only way to make a Chlamydia infection go away is to get tested and treated.

Should you leave a Chlamydia infection untreated?

If you leave Chlamydia untreated, it can cause serious complications.

In women, this includes pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to scarring of the reproductive organs and infertility. It can also cause fatal ectopic pregnancy.

In men, epididymitis is a common complication that can lead to pain and swelling in the testicles.

Untreated Chlamydia can also increase the risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases and infections, such as HIV.

Prompt treatment is vital to reducing the risk of these serious health complications and ensuring a healthy sex life. If you are sexually active, you should get tested for Chlamydia regularly.

What is the treatment for Chlamydia?

Chlamydia can be treated with a short course of antibiotics. You may be prescribed a single dose or several doses.

Where can I get tested for Chlamydia?

You can get tested for Chlamydia with Better2Know.

Better2Know offers individual STI tests for individual infections. You can also get tested for several STIs at once using one of our STI screens.

Call the number above to speak to one of our Sexual Health Advisors. They can guide you through choosing a test and STI clinic for you. You can also book your own STI test using our online booking system.

If going into an STI clinic makes you uncomfortable, you can take advantage of our Everywhere service, where we send a private nurse straight to you to Everywhere service, where we send a private nurse straight to you to collect samples.

You can also use one of our home test kits to gather your own samples for testing.

Final thoughts

Chlamydia is a widespread sexually transmitted infection that can cause serious health problems if left untreated. While it cannot go away on its own, Chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics.

Getting tested regularly for this STI is important if you are sexually active and not in a committed monogamous relationship. In addition, get tested as soon as possible if you suspect you have Chlamydia so that treatment can begin and any potential complications can be avoided.

Book your STI screen at a sexual health clinic near you today.


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