Chlamydial urethritis is just as it sounds – an infection of the urethra. The urethra, for men, is the tube that is responsible for carrying urine from the bladder through the penis so he can pee.
is an STD (sexually transmitted disease) that is caused by the
Chlamydia trachomatis bacteria. The CDC estimates that it’s the
most common STD in the country, especially in teenagers and young
adults up to 24 years of age. A person catches this common infection
by not using condoms when engaging in oral, vaginal or anal sex with
an infected partner. There are some other risk factors that could
increase someone’s chances of catching the disease:
that you know the risk factors of catching chlamydia, how can men
know if they have chlamydial urethritis? It can take up to three
weeks after a man becomes infected with this STD to see any symptoms
of the disease, which include:
a man is diagnosed with chlamydial urethritis, he is likely to get
treated right away. However, a lack of treatment can lead to even
more health problems – one of which is increasing their chances of
catching and being diagnosed with HIV.
the infection continues, it can spread to the epididymis, which is
located behind the testicles. It’s the tube carries sperm away from
the testicles and to the vas deferens – a duct that moves sperm to
the urethra from the epididymis. If this epididymis becomes
infected, inflammation is likely and leads to epididymitis, which
causes both pain and discomfort in the testicles.
arthritis is another possible complication of untreated chlamydial
urethritis, which leads to pain and swelling in the body’s joints.
This complication affects mainly the ankles and knees but can also
affect the lower back, fingers and toes. Reactive arthritis symptoms
a male to be diagnosed with the condition, an array of lab tests must
be carried out. One such test is the NAAT test or nucleic acid
amplification testing, which detects the bacteria’s RNA or DNA. It
is, by far, the more accurate technique to diagnose this condition.
may also do a gram stain on the retrieved sample to determine there
is no concurrent gonorrhea infection also going on, as both chlamydia
and gonorrhea have similar symptoms.
may also do a cell-culture test, looking for bacteria growth. This is
not usual since the cell-culture results may be altered by an array
disease is contagious, which means it can be passed from one person
to another. If a person has it, they should inform their sex partners
so they may also get tested and treated.
who have this disease are given an oral antibiotic treatment like
doxycycline or azithromycin, which are very effective in treating
bacterial infections like chlamydia. Doctors advise patients not to
have sex during their treatment and for seven days after taking the
medication to reduce the chance of spreading it to their partners and
lowering the chance for re-infection.
Chlamydial urethritis is caused by a bacteria and can be an extremely painful sexually transmitted infection (although some men may never experience any symptoms). However, without proper treatment, it can worsen and lead to major health problems. It’s important, if you suspect you have this disease, to get tested and treated. Use condoms anytime when having sex to reduce your chances of catching this disease.
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