Chlamydia can be mistaken for Gonorrhoea

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease whose symptoms closely resembles that if Gonorrhoea. Chlamydia is a disease that spreads in the body and causes the inability of males and females to have children. Many Jamaican males contract Non- Specific Urethritis while the corresponding disease in the female is called Non-Specific Cervicitis.

Can it be cured?

If infected persons see a doctor as soon as symptoms develop, the disease can be cured.

How do I know if I have Chlamydia?

  • For males the symptoms include:
    • A watery or milky drip from the penis.
      An itchy feeling inside the penis
      A burning sensation when urinating. Sometimes this is accompanied by pain or swelling of the testicles.

    These symptoms may appear one to three weeks after the infection. Some infected men have no symptoms at all.

    For woman the sign is usually chronic abdominal pain. She may also experience abnormal menstrual periods. In as much as eighty percent of women there is no early warning symptoms before complications start. Females therefore needs to visit her doctor for regular STD check up to determine if she has the disease.

    What can I do to avoid contracting the disease?

    Limit sex to one uninfected partner and avoid sex with someone who has more than one partner.

    Always use a condom when you have sex. See your doctor if symptoms appear and get regular STD check ups, especially if you and your partner have other sexual partners.

    REMEMBER

    1. Every STD infection you get increases your chance of getting HIV.
    1. You must use a condom every time in every sexual act.
    1. Call the AIDS/STD Helpline

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