TheComplications of Having an STDS
TheComplications of Having an STDS
A24-year-old male comes to the health center to get tested, and he isfound to have contracted Chlamydia. The patient complained ofUrethral discharge accompanied by reactive arthritis during sexualactivity. He claimed that he had been experiencing the symptoms fortwo weeks and decided to visit the health center to get tested forany present STDs. The patient indicated that he only had one sexualpartner and had been having intercourse without protection. He hadbeen engaging in unprotected sex during the past one month, but withone partner. The patient stated that the partner had not complainedof any symptoms of the disease nor had he identified any noticeablesigns on her body (Parry, 2012).
Fromthe medical history, the patient had not been treated for thesymptoms before. A full medical evaluation showed that the patientwas experiencing urethral discharge with a strong smell, and aburning sensation during urination and sexual activity (Anderson,2014).
Chlamydiais regarded as an infection caused by a bacterium called Chlamydiatrachomatis,which is transmitted via sexual contact (Parry, 2012). It has beenreported as the most widely spread disease in many regions around theglobe. The patient complained of having urethral discharge, which isa primary symptom pointing to the diagnosis of the infection (CDC,2015). The patient also complained of a burning sensation whenurinating and during sexual activity. He had a normal bodytemperature and an average pulse rate. Vitals tested showed that thepatient had stable blood pressure and no signs or history ofhypertension. His blood sample tested positive for Chlamydia thusindicating a positive diagnosis for the STD. The healthcare centerwill conduct more tests including urine sample to confirm thepresence of the infection (Stanberry& Rosenthal, 2012).The patient has to undergo treatment immediately to avoid furtherhealth complications.
1.What is Chlamydia?
Itis regarded as an infection caused by a bacterium called Chlamydiatrachomatisand spread through sexual contact. The disease affects the penis,vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, eye or throat. It has been rated asthe most contacted STD above Gonorrhoea and Syphilis.
2.What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?
Inmost cases, the infection does not probe signs or symptoms. Inreality, 90% of people diagnosed with the disease do not show anysigns or symptoms. However, in females, symptoms such as abdominalpain, vaginal discharge, a low-grade fever, excruciating intercourse,a burning sensation when urinating, a compulsion to urinate more thannormal or a yellowish release from the vagina that has a strongsmell, are reported.
3.How can one know if he/she has contracted Chlamydia?
Regardlessof the presence of signs and symptoms of the infection, a health careprovider needs to conduct tests and establish whether one isinfected. The tests should include a phlebotomist obtaining bloodsamples from the patient and processing it in the lab.
4.Is there Treatment of Chlamydia?
Yes,Chlamydia can be treated. Consumption of the prescribed antibioticswill treat the infection. It is regarded as a bacterial infectiontreatable using antibiotics. One is expected to finish the dose andstay without having sex until the partner is tested and treated forthe disease (O`Connor,2014).
5.Where can I get tested for Chlamydia?
Anyavailable health care center with enough equipment will be a goodplace to get tested. Therefore, one can visit a local health clinicto get tested for any STDs.
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