Chlamydia

What is it

Chlamydia is an sexual trasmitted infection 

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Symptoms

Women

  • pain when urinating
  • unusual vaginal discharge
  • pain in the tummy or pelvis
  • pain or bleeding during sex
  • bleeding after sex
  • bleeding between periods
  • heavier periods than usual

men 

  • pain when urinating
  • white, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis 
  • burning or itching in the urethra (the tube that carries urine out of the body)
  • pain in the testicles
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Causes

  • unprotected sex 
  • sharing sex toy without protection 
  • pass through mother 
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Treatments

  • treated with a single dose of antibiotics 
  • injection
  • a pill 
  • two antibiotics combined 
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Physical impact

On the indivdual 

  • if untreated it could lead to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • abscess near ovaries(women)
  • inflammation of the prostate gland(men)
  • Epididymitis
  • infertility/damage to reproductive system 
  • long term pelvic pain 
  • higher risk of ectopic pregnancy 
  • could get arthritis

On the family

  • could suffer with the same symptoms their partner  
  • fatigue 
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Intellectual impact

On the indivdual 

  • may be unable to concentrate at work
  •  become more educated about STIs and safe sex

On the family 

  • may feel sorry for their partner 
  • blame themselves if they the one gave it to them 
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Emotional Impact

On the indivdual 

  • embarrassed  
  • worried about impact on fertility 
  • stress
  • down
  • upset

On the family 

  • anxiety 
  • feeling devastated 
  • worried- you might think that because they have it, you might 
  • depressed
  • emotionally detached from their partner 
  • angry- if they been diagnosed with chlamydia
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Social Impact

On the indidvual 

  • they may become withdrawn from friends 
  • isolate themselves

on the family 

  • feel distant to their partner because of the disease 
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Financial Impact

On the indivdual 

  • Cost of condoms
  • Leaving work- to go to any appointments 
  • cost of test 
  • could impact on thier work- sick pay or have to take time off work

On the family 

  • might have to miss work for the day for appointments,testing, and treatments
  • might have to go on the sick pay if they catch the STI
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