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Chlamydia: Brothers Who Make it Clap

By on November 12, 2012

Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) and even though symptoms are usually mild or absent, very serious complications (e.g.  irreversible damage, infertility, etc.) can occur  “silently.” Chlamydia also can cause discharge from the penis of an infected man. So brothers beware of where you put that thang.

The truth is that anyone sexually active can become infected with or transmit chlamydia. The more sex partners, the greater the risk of infection.  Since chlamydia can be transmitted by oral or anal sex, men who have sex with men are also at risk for chlamydial infection. You get ‘the clap’ the same way a person can get HIV.

Unlike HIV infection, chlamydia can be easily treated and cured with antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin is commonly used as treatment. HIV-positive persons with chlamydia should receive the same treatment as those who are HIV negative.

Chlamydia is known as a “silent” disease because the majority of infected people have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they usually appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.



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