What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex with an infected person, and can also be passed from an infected mother to her newborn during childbirth. Men and women are both at risk of contracting and transmitting chlamydia. Regular chlamydia testing is important, read on to learn where to get tested in Nashville.
Symptoms & Testing of Chlamydia
Most people who have chlamydia do not experience any symptoms. However, some may experience symptoms such as pain during sex or while urinating, unusual discharge from the genitals, lower abdominal pain, and bleeding between periods. It’s important to note that these symptoms may also be present in other STIs, making it difficult to diagnose chlamydia based on symptoms alone.
To diagnose chlamydia, a medical provider may perform a physical examination and conduct a laboratory test. The laboratory test will involve a urine test. It’s important to get tested for chlamydia if you are sexually active, as untreated chlamydia can lead to serious health complications.
Treatment & Prevention of Chlamydia
Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. Treatment is usually administered for seven days, and it’s important to complete the full course of antibiotics to ensure the infection is fully cleared. It’s also recommended that sexual partners of those infected with chlamydia be tested and treated to prevent reinfection.
If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious health complications. In women, untreated chlamydia can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), which can cause infertility and chronic pain. In men, untreated chlamydia can lead to epididymitis, which can cause infertility. Chlamydia can also increase the risk of contracting HIV.
The best way to prevent chlamydia is to practice safe sex. This includes using condoms during vaginal, anal, and oral sex, and getting tested regularly for STIs. It’s also important to limit the number of sexual partners you have, as having multiple partners increases the risk of contracting STIs.
Complete Health Partners Same-Day STD & STI Testing
At Complete Health Partners Nashville & Hendersonville clinics, we offer same-day testing and treatment for STDs and STIs, including chlamydia. You can receive results from us in 24 – 72 hours. With simple online appointment booking, you can be seen on your time, or you can walk in to any of our 3 Nashville area clinics. No insurance? No problem, our clinics offer affordable self-pay options for those who are uninsured. Regular testing is important and many STDs do not show symptoms early. Don’t wait to take control of your sexual health, book a same day and confidential appointment online to get treatment today.
Nashville Area Urgent Care Clinics
6749 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209
9am – 7pm, 7 days a week
301 Church Street, Nashville, TN 37201
8am – 4pm, Monday – Friday
166 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075
9am – 7pm, 7 days a week