Chlamydia Testing, Screening and Treatment Clinic
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Singapore.
It is caused by a bacterium called Chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria infects both the urethra and rectum and men and women, and the cervix in particular for women. Occasionally chlamydia can also affect other parts of the body, including the throat and eyes. In most people, the infection is asymptomatic.
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How do I get the disease?
- Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that you can get by having sexual contact (oral/vaginal/rectal intercourse) with an infected partner.
- It can also spread from an infected mother to her baby.
- Rarely, the infection can be spread by the fingers from the genitals to the eyes.
After infection, chlamydia symptoms usually appear between 1 to 3 weeks after exposure but may not occur until much later if at all.
Teens and young women below the age of 25 years old are most prone to getting infected with chlamydia.
Symptoms: How do i know I have chlamydia?
Unfortunately, chlamydia does not cause any symptoms for the infected person. It is called the “Silent Epidemic” for this reason. It is estimated that nearly 90% of women and 70% of men do not show symptoms [John Hopkins University data]. Those who have symptoms, however, experience:
Diagnosis: How do I get tested?
For both men and women, a urine sample is sufficient. Women can also get a vaginal swab. Currently,
polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology is used to diagnose this disease in a very sensitive
and accurate manner.
Chlamydia is very easily treated and cured. Usually one course of antibiotics will be sufficient.
Treatment should begin as soon as chlamydia is discovered. If treated early, one can avoid the health problems it causes.
We will usually test for Chlamydia again 2 weeks after completing treatment to make sure it is gone.
This is to prevent an untreated Chlamydia infection from causing long term complications.
Complications: What if chlamydia is not treated or treated late?
If left undiagnosed and untreated, chlamydia can cause serious health problems like:
Babies born to infected mothers can get infected in their eyes, respiratory tracts, causing premature delivery, early infant pneumonia or conjunctivitis.
How do I protect myself?
Condoms offer some measure of protection if used properly but the only sure way to protect yourself and your partner is to get tested and treated.Click here to read our New Article on Chlamydia
If you think you are at risk of contracting chlamydia, it would be advisable to get tested as it is an easy and quick test (in men – urine test, in women – vaginal swab test) and chlamydia is easily treated.Click here to see the full range of our HIV/STD Services
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