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How to Treat Chlamydia

SALE TODAY: Learn Piano on iOS DISCLAIMER and this video is an information resource to be used for educational purposes only. The information is not intended to serve as a substitute for professional medical advice and we recommend that all decisions about your treatment or products you wish to use should be discussed thoroughly and frankly with your doctor. Chlamydia is one of the most common Sexually Transmitted Diseases in the United States with more than 4 million cases diagnosed yearly according to the Mayo Clinic. The international HIV and AIDS charity, AVERT, states Chlamydia is often referred to as a "silent" disease due to the lack of visible symptoms. Chlamydia can cause reproductive damage that could lead to infertility according to the National Institutes of Health. The Mayo Clinic lists the most common symptoms of chlamydia as vaginal or penal discharge, genital itching, burning during urination, painful sex, swollen testicles and lower back pain. Transmission of chlamydia is generally tied to sexual activity. If you suspect you have chlamydia, you should seek medical attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Preventions states the basic diagnostic procedure requires taking a culture from the cervix or penis. After a positive test result, treatment will include a regimen of antibiotics such as Zithromax that may be taken as a one-time dose or over a five to ten day period according to the Mayo Clinic. Planned Parenthood recommends taking the full round of antibiotics as prescribed and avoiding sharing your medication to ensure eradication of the infection. Generally the infection will be resolved within two weeks. The Mayo Clinic states that after you complete your antibiotics cycle, you will need to return to your doctor to be retested to ensure your system is free of chlamydia. One of the most important aspects of your treatment is to refrain from sexual activity until you and your sexual partners are confirmed to be cleared of the infection according to the CDC. All your sexual partners should be tested and treated as the CDC states that reinfection with chlamydia can occur if your sexual partners are still infected. To avoid future infections, the National Institutes of Health suggests following safe sex practices by using a condom and limiting the number of your sexual partners. The Mayo Clinic also advises to avoiding douching as it can increase your infection risk. More Videos From What Not To Do On A Date: How To Use Twitter: LA's Hottest Bartender: How To Flirt: How To Play FarmVille: How To Use iPhone 4: How To Read Body Language: How To Use Windows 7: How To Play Guitar Songs: How To Get A Job: Creative Commons Images:
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