Learn the Symptoms of Oral Chlamydia
Recognizing the symptoms of oral chlamydia can be harder than it looks. In fact, it may seem downright impossible. Even though chlamydia is the most frequently reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection in the United States, most people have no idea how to spot the most important symptoms of oral chlamydia.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. Today, we’ll get a handle on that!
Spotting the Symptoms of Oral Chlamydia
First, let’s talk about avoiding chlamydia. This STI is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner. Many of us aren’t even aware that it is possible to catch chlamydia anywhere outside of the genital area. Sadly, this is not the case. This is one of several STIs that can affect other areas of the body, including the throat and anus.
To make matters worse, these “extragenital” infections come with a whole different set of symptoms and testing options. For example, symptoms of oral chlamydia are often as mild as a sore throat or a slight fever. Many times, you may not experience any symptoms at all. When left undetected and untreated, it can lead to serious consequences, including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and chronic pelvic pain.
Obviously, it’s important to protect yourself from the dreaded chlamydia throat. Condoms and dental dams are an important first line of defense. Unfortunately, many of us forget that oral sex is still sex. With that mindset, it’s not surprising that this the leading cause of oral chlamydia.
Going down on a partner carrying chlamydia allows the infection to be passed to your mouth. On the other hand, if your partner has oral chlamydia when going down on you, it can be passed to your genitals. This is why safe sex is so important. Condoms cannot always prevent STDs, but they definitely offer powerful protection.
Test… But Test Correctly
Here’s a rough fact: the “standard” test at many in-person clinics and doctors is for genital chlamydia. While these standard testing options are great, it is also completely useless when it comes to tracking extragenital infections. Unless your medical professional specifically knows that you have engaged in oral sex, your usual exam may miss two potential areas of infection. This means that you may get tested and still not get the full, accurate results you need.
So if you are at risk for, or have noticed oral symptoms of chlamydia, you’ll need an extragenital test. This is a fully loaded test that screens not just your genitals, but also your mouth and rectum. myLAB Box is the first home testing service to screen all three sites in a single powerful combo test.
The home testing process is simple:
- Order an STI testing kit online. (You even get free shipping!)
- Collect a sample using the easy-to-follow instructions.
- Send the sample off for testing. (More free shipping!)
- Receive your lab-certified results online in just days.
What Happens if You Test Positive?
A positive test result is almost always a possibility. Don’t worry, we’re here to help! For customers who receive positive results, myLAB Box provides a free consultation with a medical professional. Thankfully, chlamydia is curable and is easy to treat. For states that support telemedicine, the doctor may prescribe treatment right over the phone. There’s no need for a costly follow-up appointment. You can screen and receive treatment without ever stepping outside.
As we’ve mentioned, the symptoms of oral chlamydia are few and far between. Therefore, routine testing is the only way to diagnose and treat the infection. For maximum convenience and peace of mind, skip the trip to the clinic. Instead, just test from home and receive the same lab-certified results.