As this article from the Baltimore Sun suggests, rising rates of sexually transmissible infections (STI) do not always mean that there are so many more cases – sometimes it means that testing is better. Case in point: the old school way of sticking a swab in men’s urethras (ouch!) kept a lot of men from going to get tested. Now that most clinics are moving toward using urine samples for testing, more men are going in and getting tested. And thank goodness!
A few key things to know about chlamydia:
1. Testing for chlamydia is easy – and often very affordable. Many county health departments offer free or low rate tests, and Planned Parenthood is often affordable too. If you’re a guy, ask for the urine-based testing rather than the urethral swab, but even if the urethral swab is the only test available, it is important to get tested.
2. Chlamydia can be CURED! Get tested and – if you’ve got it – get tested so you can get the right antibiotics for a complete cure.
3. Most people do not have noticeable symptoms of chlamydia so you cannot usually “tell” that you (or a partner) has it - unless they get tested.
4. You can greatly reduce your risk of getting or transmitting chlamydia by using condoms correctly and consistently. Learn more about how to use condoms here or here (even if you think you know, brush up on your skills).
Learn more about chlamydia from the CDC here.