Although it is not very well known, anal chlamydia is a very common condition. In a study by the sexual health clinic at London’s Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 8% of the men who have sex with men attending their clinic for an STI screening had anal chlamydia. 69% of the men who tested positive for chlamydia had no symptoms.
A rectal chlamydia infection can not only spread and cause complications, it also increases your risk of contracting other sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The study found that 38% of the men whose rectal swab came back positive for chlamydia were also HIV positive.
If you have engaged in unprotected anal sex you should get tested for chlamydia using a rectal swab. You should also consider getting tested for HIV to ensure you are diagnosed and treated appropriately.
In many cases, anal chlamydia remains symptomless. However, some men experience the following symptoms:
- rectal pain
- bleeding from the anus
- swelling around the anus
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