Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea often get confused, and it’s not surprising why. The two bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) share a lot in common, including how they’re transmitted and many of their symptoms. They’re also two of the most common bacterial STIs.
In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at these two STIs, their similarities and differences, and how to protect yourself.
STIs are infections that are primarily spread from person to person through sexual contact, or through other acts like sharing sex toys or needles. They can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or parasites and can affect both men and women. Most STIs can be easily treated with medication, but if left untreated, they can lead to serious health problems such as infertility, cancer, and even death.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are both bacterial STIs that are spread through sexual contact. This can include vaginal, anal, or oral sex. They can also be spread from mother to baby during childbirth.
It’s important to remember that most people who are infected with an STI will not show any symptoms. It’s possible to have either of these STIs and not know it.
Both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea have similar symptoms, such as:
These infections can also infect other areas of the body, such as the eyes, throat, and rectum. Both of these infections can cause:
One of the main differences between Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea is that Chlamydia is often more asymptomatic. Gonorrhoea, on the other hand, produces symptoms more often, especially in men.
The discharge people experience with Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea may also be different.
Both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can lead to serious health problems if left untreated.
In women, these infections can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can lead to infertility. In men, they can cause epididymitis, an inflammation of the testicles.
Both infections can also increase the risk of getting and transmitting HIV.
Taking care of your sexual health is important, especially when it comes to STIs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
You can protect yourself by practising safe sex, using condoms, and getting tested on a regular basis. If you are concerned that you may have an STI, you can contact Better2Know to arrange confidential testing.