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Chlamydia in Japan is beginning to worry countless doctors in Japan. Doubtless, many of us have experienced the following situation: You are out on the town and meet and attractive stranger. You hit it off, one thing leads to another, and a few weeks later you experience a burning sensation when you pee. It looks like you’ve contracted the STD Chlamydia. Regardless of whatever you may imagine about chlamydia, in truth it’s a very common infection, easily curable, and not serious if treated quickly. In today’s article we will be taking a look at chlamydia in Japan, discuss its symptoms, and covering what to do if you think you might have contracted it.
What is Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is a very common bacteria infection classified as an STD (Sexually Transmitted Disease). Chlamydia in Japan is so common that a 2003 report sited in a JapanTimes article reported that about one in ten 16 to 18 year olds in Hokkaido had contracted the STD. Another statistic given claimed that about 2% of the population in the US and Europe were in infected with Chlamydia.
How do you contract Chlamydia?
Chlamydia is transmitted through any kind of sexual intercourse, such as vaginal, anal, and oral sex. The only surefire way to protect from contracting chlamydia is to abstain from sex completely. Practicing safe sex by always wearing a condom or using a dental dam can reduce the risk of transmitting the STD, but the risk remains. Statistically, there is a 50% chance of contracting Chlamydia in Japan during unprotected sex with a partner infected by the STD.
How to spot a Chlamydia infection?
As is the case with many other STDs, the symptoms of chlamydia can be unapparent to anyone who has contracted it, as they may not manifest right away. Even if someone is not experiencing any of the signs of Chlamydia, they still run the risk of transmitting this STD to other people.
The symptoms of chlamydia are similar to other common STDs, and include a burning sensation when urinating, abnormal and foul smelling discharge from the penis or vagina, painful intercourse for women, and a burning or itchy urethra for men. Less common symptoms for men also include swollen and painful testes.
An anal infection of Chlamydia will present symptoms in the form of rectal pain, bleeding from the anus, and discharge.
Are there different kinds of Chlamydia?
Chlamydia has five different strains, the three main strains being Chlamydia trachomatis, Chlamydia pneumoniae (also known as Chlamydophila pneumoniae), and Chlamydia psittacci. These different strains can cause a range of problems from respiratory and eye infections, to pneumonia in infants born to infected mothers. The eye infection caused by chlamydia trachomatis is called, Trachoma, and can lead to the development of small granules on the surface of the eye or eyelids, ultimately leading to potential ulceration, scaring and blindness.
Concerns with pregnancy and transmission to baby
Pregnant women who have contracted Chlamydia can transmit the infection to their child upon birth, which can cause a slew of problems for the child’s healthy development, such as eye infections and pneumonia. Pregnant women with chlamydia are also at risk of having a premature birth.
Associated health risks of Chlamydia
The health risks associated with chlamydia are more extreme for women than for men, and can cause serious and lasting damage if the infection is not treated in a timely manner. Such long-term negative effects for women include PID (pelvic inflammatory disease, which can irreversibly damage a woman’s reproductive system causing chronic pelvic pain and infertility. Contracting chlamydia can also lead to a higher risk of contracting HIV in the future.
What to do if you think or know you have Chlamydia in Japan?
Luckily, Chlamydia is actually curable with a seven-day course of antibiotics. You should not have sex while taking the antibiotics for chlamydia, and should also obtain from sex for another week after completing the prescription. After recovering from a Chlamydia infection you are by no means immune to contacting it again in the future, and in fact, repeat infections are very common.
If you are experiencing and of the tell tale signs of a Chlamydia infection, it is very important to see an medical professional as soon as possible. HealthyTokyo’s appointment service is designed with expats in mind, and can help you find an English-speaking doctor to make the consultation process quick and easy.
It is important to keep in mind that due to the commonness of this STD, contracting chlamydia in Japan is not something to be ashamed of. If you are sexually active, especially with multiple partners, it is a good idea to get checked for chlamydia just in case, because, as mentioned earlier, its symptoms do not always present themselves clearly.
Before you go, just remember:
- Chlamydia is a very common STD with a 50% infection rate.
- Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics.
- If you have Chlamydia in Japan or suspect you might have contracted Chlamydia in Japan, HealthyTokyo’s appointment service can aid in with medical attention.
- If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause long lasting damage to a woman’s uterus.