Male Chlamydia

Male Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that affects the penis. Chlamydia is caused by the introduction of a small bacterium, chlamydia trachomatics, into the body. If you have Chlamydia that is left untreated, you risk passing the STD onto your partner. Although rare, untreated male Chlamydia can lead to sterility and other medical problems with your penis and testicles.

Means of Transfer. Chlamydia can be transferred by an infected person through sexual activity. Oral, anal and vaginal sex with a person with Chlamydia exposes you to the disease, and the symptoms appear where you had contact with the infected person's body. A latex condom may lessen the risk of infection if used properly.

Symptoms. Not all men show symptoms of Chlamydia, but even if you have no symptoms, you are still carrying the infection. The symptoms associated with male chlamydia from vaginal contact appear anywhere from one to three weeks after infection and usually include discharge from the penis and a burning sensation while urinating. The testicles may swell and the opening of the penis can itch and burn. Symptoms of the disease from anal contact include rectal pain and bleeding, and the throat may swell and burn if the infection was transmitted through oral sex.

Diagnosis. Chlamydia can be diagnosed through testing by your doctor. The test used depends on what type of sexual contact occurred and includes body fluid samples and urine screening.

Treatment. Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics, typically azithromycin or doxycycline. If you have the disease, you must complete the medication as prescribed and have your partner treated as well to prevent reinfection.

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