Chlamydia screening and treatment in Barcelona

Chlamydia infection, or chlamydia, is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STI). It is caused by the bacterium chlamydia trachomatis and mainly affects people aged 15-34.

If you have symptoms suggestive of chlamydia or have had risky, unprotected sex, don't wait to get tested. There are treatments available that can prevent long-term health consequences.

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What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia refers to the sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis. It is a very common infection, but difficult to diagnose because more than 50% of infected men and 70% of infected women have no symptoms and do not know they have the disease.

This STI affects, in 75% of cases, adolescents and young adults aged 15 to 24 years.

Chlamydia: symptoms

In women

  • Most often none
  • A burning sensation when urinating
  • Unusual vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods, during or after sex
  • Pain during sex
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rectitis (inflammation of the lining of the rectum)
  • Abnormal discharge from the anus

In men

  • Sometimes none
  • Tingling or itching in the urethra
  • Abnormal discharge from the urethra
  • Burning when urinating
  • Pain and sometimes swelling in the testicles
  • Rectitis (inflammation of the lining of the rectum)
  • Abnormal discharge from the anus
symptomes trichomonas

How is chlamydia transmitted?

Chlamydia infection is transmitted through sexual contact with an infected person, including

  • Sexual foreplay
  • Unprotected sex (genital, anal, oral or oral-anal)
  • Contact with vaginal secretions or semen

Chlamydia can also be transmitted from mother to child during childbirth.

Note, however, that Chlamydia cannot be transmitted on toilet seats and bowls. There is also no risk if people drink from the same glass, share the same dishes, take a bath together or use the same towels.

What are the possible complications of Chlamydia?

If chlamydia is not detected and treated in time, complications can arise, including

  • In women, infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes can lead to infertility, increase the risk of ectopic pregnancies and be responsible for chronic pelvic pain.
  • In pregnancy, the infection can lead to prematurity and low birth weight.
  • In men, chlamydia can lead to inflammation of the prostate (infectious prostatitis) or testicles (orchi-epididymitis), which can result in infertility.
  • Chlamydia infection also increases the risk of HIV transmission.


What is Chlamydia screening?

In the event of unprotected sex, and even in the absence of symptoms, it is recommended that you be screened for STIs, in particular Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.

The tests are painless and consist of

  • A urine test (first draft)
  • A vaginal, anal and throat smear

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Chlamydia: treatment

If the diagnosis is confirmed, a suitable course of antibiotics will lead to recovery. The most commonly used antibiotics are

  • Azithromycin
  • Doxycycline

The partner(s) should also be treated. Similarly, sexual intercourse should be avoided or involve the use of a condom for at least a week.

How can Chlamydia infection be avoided?

To protect yourself from Chlamydia, you should use a condom (internal or external) or a latex condom.

Be careful, however, as Chlamydia can be transmitted during foreplay and oral sex.

Chlamydia : FAQ

It is necessary to avoid sexual relations for at least a week and to carry out a complementary test to verify that the infection has been treated effectively from 4 weeks after treatment.
There are no natural treatments or remedies to cure chlamydia. If you test positive, you should definitely see a doctor to start antibiotic treatment.
Chlamydia can be contracted without sexual intercourse, in both men and women, when saliva comes into contact with a sexual organ or secretions.
Yes, chlamydia can come back, because there is no immunity to the bacteria. Once the treatment is finished, the bacteria has disappeared, but you can be infected again.