In 2016, almost 1.6 million cases of chlamydia were reported to the CDC, which only tells part of the story since many cases of chlamydia go undiagnosed. Even more frustrating is the fact that chlamydia is easily treated and cured, preventing potentially serious health and fertility problems. For these reasons, Isaac Halfon, MD offers easy testing and treatment options for women in Wellington, Florida, and the surrounding areas. If you want the peace of mind that comes with prevention or early diagnosis, call or book online to make an appointment.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that affects both men and women, and is transmitted orally, vaginally, or anally. While the disease itself is curable, it often goes undiagnosed and untreated. Left unchecked, chlamydia can lead to a pelvic inflammatory infection, which can irreparably damage your reproductive system preventing you from conceiving.
To prevent this from happening, Dr. Halfon offers confidential testing and treatment to get you back on the road to good health.
Since chlamydia is transmitted sexually, if you engage in unprotected sex, you’re at risk for contracting chlamydia. Statistically, your risk increases if you have multiple partners.
If you have any questions about your risk, trust that Dr. Halfon offers sound and understanding advice to help you avoid contracting the disease.
The only foolproof method for avoiding chlamydia is not to engage in oral, vaginal, or anal sex. If you do engage in sex, the best way to protect yourself is to:
One of your best weapons against chlamydia, or any sexually transmitted infection, is to use best practices when it comes to your protection and reducing your risks. Dr. Halfon can help you come up with these in order to limit your exposure to chlamydia.
The answer to this depends upon your lifestyle and sexual activity. If you’re under 25 and sexually active, Dr. Halfon recommends annual testing for chlamydia. If you’re pregnant, you should also be tested.
If you’re older than 25, sit down with Dr. Halfon and have an open and honest discussion about your habits so he can recommend a testing schedule.
The test itself is noninvasive; Dr. Halfon takes a urine sample and a swab of your cervix. The peace of mind the test gives you, however, is beyond measure since he can treat chlamydia easily.
The most common signs of chlamydia are:
Since chlamydia is also contracted anally, you may have the following rectal symptoms:
Often, there may not be any signs of chlamydia until it causes an infection in your pelvic region, which is why early detection is essential.
The good news with chlamydia is that Dr. Halfon can cure it with a course of antibiotics. Early intervention is vital, and curing it doesn’t mean you can’t contract it again in the future. After your treatment, Dr. Halfon is available to discuss preventive measures to keep you safe and healthy going forward.
To learn more about preventing and treating chlamydia, call Isaac Halfon MD Obstetrics and Gynecology, or schedule an appointment online using the booking tool.