Chlamydia Screening Singapore

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What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is another bacterial infection exclusively passed on during sex (oral, vaginal and anal). As with gonorrhoea the risk is much higher in unprotected sex but if protection is not used correctly then the risk is increased as well.

Who should get tested?

Those who are experiencing symptoms (see below) should get tested as soon as possible. However, Chlamydia is notorious for not producing symptoms in those that have been infected. So if you have had any unprotected sexual risk or have had a protection failure then it would be advisable to be screened even in the absence of symptoms.

What are the symptoms of Chlamydia?

For Men:

For Women:

However, it is of paramount importance to note that chlamydia produces no symptoms with considerable regularity, so it’s therefore important to perform chlamydia test Singapore. This means many of those infected are completely unaware as they feel fine. This may lead to a delay in screening and increases the risk of infecting others.

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How do we test for Chlamydia?

Much like gonorrhoea, screening for men involves a urine sample. Women will undergo vaginal swabs for the best accuracy. If Chlamydia is suspected in the throat or rectum then swabs from those areas are performed.

How do we treat Chlamydia?

Thankfully Chlamydia is still receptive to first choice antibiotics. Often a single dose or a week long course can be used to good effect.

What happens if it is left untreated?

The issue with Chlamydia is that a large majority of those infected are asymptomatic and this leads to delay in screening and treatment. However, even if you feel well with no symptoms, it is imperative to treat because the infection can continue to spread within the genital and pelvic region.

For men this could cause prostatitis or testicular pain and, subsequently, infertility.

For women the infection could spread to the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus and cause pelvic inflammatory disease, much like Gonorrhoea. This may also lead to irreversible infertility.

How to prevent getting Chlamydia?

As with gonorrhoea, abstinence is the only guaranteed way to prevent Chlamydia but using protection such as condoms goes a long way into significantly reducing the chance of infection. In general, condoms can be considered safe as long as they do not break or come off during sex but we would still recommend routine screening even with the use of protection.

However, if those at risk screen and treat infections regularly, the overall chance of infection is significantly reduced.

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Frequently Asked Questions


When should I go for STD screening?

You should consider screening if you have symptoms of a possible STD, if you have had a recent risky exposure (unprotected sex with a casual partner), or both.

Can I get STDs from oral sex?

Yes, you can. The common misconception is that oral sex is not considered ‘real’ sex and therfore has no risk but the opposite is true. Often oral sex is performed without protection and this is why infections such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea can pass on through oral sex.

Can STDs be cured?

Thankfully the majority can be cured but there are some such as Herpes and HIV that can be treated but not cured. This is why prevention is better than cure and ensuring safe sex goes a long way to reduce your risks.

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