Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease that occurs worldwide. The causative microorganism is Chlamydia trachomatis, which is transmitted through intimate sexual contacts. Chlamydia may not be transmitted through kissing, touching, or holding hands.

Men and women are both exposed to Chlamydia with almost the same incidence rate. Once the bacteria reside in the reproductive tract, it proliferates there and causes inflammatory reactions in the reproductive system. It may also spread to the rectum especially during cases of anal sex.

Symptoms of Chlamydia may be similar to men and women however; some of the symptoms of Chlamydia may differ in terms of area affected.

Chlamydia symptoms in men

The symptoms of Chlamydia usually result from the inflammation that the Chlamydia causes in the reproductive tract. Male Chlamydia symptoms include:

  • Mucopurulent discharge from the urethra
  • Clear to white discharges coming out of the rectal area
  • Painful urination or dysuria
  • Inflammation or swelling in the testicles
  • Testicular pain
  • Rectal pain
  • Pain or discomfort on the penile area
  • Tenderness on the scrotum

Chlamydia is highly contagious from the urethral discharge. Once it has developed, other sexually transmitted diseases can follow, which means that caution should be exercised when Chlamydia infection appear.

Treatment of Chlamydia in Men

The treatment regimen for men and women with Chlamydia is the same. It requires antibiotic therapy over a period of days or weeks depending on the prescription of the physician. Antibiotic compliance should be ensured to prevent recurrence of the infection or drug resistance. The specific antibiotic treatment involved is the use of doxycycline because the Chlamydia microorganism is most susceptible to it. After the treatment, a repeat culture and Chlamydia testing is done to totally rule out Chlamydia.

Preventing Chlamydia is more essential than treating it. Prevention involves having only one sexual partner and ensuring safe sex practices such as using condoms. Other unsafe sexual practices such as anal sex should also be avoided to prevent infections. Individuals who have a high risk of developing or contracting it should seek Chlamydia testing.

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