The 101 on Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

The 101 on Chlamydia and Gonorrhea - Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Unveiling the differences between Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

By Hayley J, Practice Manager at Stigma Health

We’re here to set the record straight on common STIs! Today, we’re diving into two that often get mixed up: chlamydia and gonorrhea. Knowing the difference is key to staying on top of your sexual health game. We’ll break down what these STIs are, their symptoms, how they’re diagnosed and treated, and most importantly, how to keep them at bay. Let’s get into it!

So what’s the difference?

Chlamydia, caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, spreads through sexual contact and affects anyone. It targets the reproductive system, potentially leading to severe issues like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and fertility problems in vagina owners and urethritis in penis owners.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae causes gonorrhea, transmitted primarily through sexual contact. It affects mucous membranes in the genital areas, throat, and rectum. Untreated, it can lead to infertility, joint problems, and increased HIV risk.

Spot the signs!

Known as the “silent infection,” chlamydia often presents no symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include abnormal vaginal discharge, pain during urination, and lower abdominal discomfort in vagina owners, while men may notice discharge, testicular pain, and discomfort when urinating.

Unlike chlamydia, gonorrhea usually shows symptoms such as thick genital discharge, painful urination, and increased frequency of urination in both genders. People with a vagina may also experience pelvic pain and irregular vaginal bleeding.

Stay Ahead, Stay Safe.

Both chlamydia and gonorrhea are preventable through safe sex practices. Consistent and correct condom use, knowing your partner’s STI status, and regular testing are key. Open communication with sexual partners about STIs is crucial.

Get Tested Today!

While chlamydia and gonorrhea are both common sexually transmitted infections, they have distinct differences in terms of their types, symptoms, and potential complications. Practicing safe sex and undergoing regular testing are essential to prevent the spread of these infections and to protect one’s own health. Early detection and treatment are crucial to avoid long-term complications. If you suspect you may have been exposed to chlamydia or gonorrhea, click here to get tested!

Remember, taking care of your sexual health is essential for overall well-being.