Chlamydia Trachomatis is a bacterial virus and found in semen and vaginal fluids of those carrying the infection, writes sex and relationships therapist Emma Ziff.
Join us each day this week as we examine the role of pharmacy in Chlamydia screening. Missed yesterday’s instalment? Click here
Often there are no symptoms. In fact, at least 70 per cent of women with Chlamydia do not have any symptoms, and around 25-50 per cent of male cases go unnoticed.
Possible symptoms in women include:
If left untreated there could be serious repercussions:
Possible symptoms in men include:
If left untreated Chlamydia can:
Chlamydia can also infect in both men and women:
There is free testing available depending on where patients live, and available for 16 to 24 year olds. This test can be ordered online, or you can stock them in the pharmacy.
You can also advise anyone to see their local doctor or nurse, go to a GUM (Genito-Urinary Medicine) or sexual health clinic. Do familiarise yourself with those centres nearest to your pharmacy.
Join us again tomorrow to find out more about running a Chlamydia screening pharmacy.