There are many types of sexually transmitted diseases that a person can contract through sexual contact. These diseases have serious consequences as others are known to lead to death while others are known to cause infertility, excruciating pain, problems urinating and many other health problems. Learning how to avoid these diseases is the key to controlling the transmission of STIs. One of the most effective strategies that you can use is abstinence. If you abstain from having any form of sexual contact, there is no way you can get an STD. Use of latex condoms and having a single sexual partner who has been tested for STDs is also a good idea. There are some STIs that have vaccines, so you should consider getting vaccinated to avoid these diseases. They include; HPV and hepatitis B. It is important to note that one of the most common sexually-transmitted diseases is Chlamydia.
Symptoms of Chlamydia
This is a bacterial infection that is spread through sexual contact with an infected person. After exposure, symptoms normally occur after 1-3 weeks. The infection has mild or no symptoms at all. If not treated, it can cause PID (pelvic inflammatory disease) and increase your chances of contracting HIV. It can also cause ectopic pregnancy as well as infertility. Common symptoms include; inflamed eyes, rectal pain, discharge and bleeding, pain during urination, and abnormal penile discharge in men.
At-Home Testing of Chlamydia
The most common question that people often ask about chlamydia is – can you test for chlamydia at home? The answer is yes. While women are advised to get tested annually for chlamydia, it is always a good idea to get tested when you are about to have sexual contact with a new partner.
There are two types of test kits that you can order online. The first is an instant chlamydia home test kit. After ordering, the kit, you will only need to provide the sample and test it for chlamydia. You can expect results in a couple of minutes. Some kits can test for all kinds of STDs, while others can only test for chlamydia. The second type of kit is only meant for extraction and packaging of the sample, which must be sent back to the lab for testing. Whichever type of test kit you choose, you can expect to get quick results. If you have chlamydia, you can seek medical attention immediately. If not, you can continue practicing safe sex to ensure you do not contract the STI or any other type of sexually transmitted disease.