Gonorrhea or Chlamydia infection
Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is one of the most prevalent bacterial STIs worldwide, particularly among young adults.
Many people infected with chlamydia may not experience any symptoms, especially in the early stages. When symptoms do occur, they typically manifest within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure and may include abnormal vaginal or penile discharge, burning sensation during urination, pain or swelling in the testicles (in men), and pain during sexual intercourse (in women). However, because symptoms can be mild or absent, many individuals may remain unaware of their infection.
Transmission: Chlamydia is primarily spread through sexual contact (vaginal, anal, or oral) with an infected individual. It can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth.
Testing and Diagnosis: Chlamydia can be diagnosed through laboratory tests that detect the presence of the bacteria in samples collected from the cervix (in women), urethra (in men), or throat or rectum (in individuals engaging in oral or anal sex). Testing is typically recommended for sexually active individuals, especially those under the age of 25 and those with multiple sexual partners.
Treatment and Prevention
Chlamydia is usually treated with antibiotics, most commonly azithromycin or doxycycline. It’s important for both sexual partners to be treated simultaneously to prevent reinfection.
Prevention: The most effective way to prevent gonorrhea, as with other STIs, is by practicing safe sex, including consistent and correct use of condoms during sexual activity. Regular testing for STIs, especially for individuals with multiple sexual partners, can also help detect and treat infections early.
Volunteers may qualify:
- Females Only
- Positive for Chlamydia Rapid Testing
- Positive for Gonorrhea Rapid Testing
- Study-related exams and laboratories. (No cost)
- Available Transportation
- Compensation for time and travel
- No insurance is necessary.
- Specialist Consultation ( No Cost)