Chlamydia is one of the easily contracted infections in the UK and Europe. A large number of people within the age bracket of 15 to 24 years are infected with the disease. Chlamydia is transmitted mostly through sexual relations, whether it is vaginal, anal, or oral. Chlamydia in the rectum, which is infected through anal sex is the most unpleasant form of Chlamydia.
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How does anal chlamydia get transmitted?
Anyone can get anal Chlamydia as long as they are having anal sex and they are the receiving party. This type of chlamydia is common among men who have sex with other men. Some women have also experienced this type of Chlamydia, and some of them were not engaged in anal sex. In some very unfortunate situations, genital chlamydia sometimes spreads into the anus in women which explains why they may feel some discomfort in the rectum. The take-home point here is that, a woman can have chlamydia in the rectum without having anal sex, but that only means she must have had genital chlamydia before that.
What are the signs and symptoms of Chlamydia in the anus?
The symptoms of Chlamydia in the anus are not very pronounced like that of genital chlamydia, which means it is not easily detectable as well. The most common symptoms of rectum chlamydia include discomfort, itches, and pain in the rectum. Discharges and blood coming out of anus are also common symptoms. Chlamydia being an infection that is not easily detectable is not so much a great thing as it can cause severe health complications when not detected early enough.
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What is the treatment for Chlamydia in the anus?
The treatment for Chlamydia, in general, is to administer antibiotics. Whether it is genital or anal, antibiotics generally work for Chlamydia. Using tetracycline for a week works effectively, and throughout the period of taking medication, the infected patient should stay away from sex and sexual activities.
How to prevent Rectal Chlamydia
The best method of preventing chlamydia is to wear condoms (see our products) before every sexual intercourse. You should also reduce the number of sexual partners that you have. Go for regular tests if you know you have put yourself at risk or get a Chlamydia home test kit. The home test kit only works for genital infections, however. The proven and tested method of preventing Chlamydia is to play safe. Keep yourself protected at all times and know your sexual partners well enough.