Chlamydia is one of the more common sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and is a bacterial infection, although the bacterium shares some features common to viruses. It is an infection of the urethra, (the tube that carries urine in the penis) in men, and the cervix, (opening to the womb), in women. Chlamydia cannot survive outside the body of humans so is termed an obligate parasite. It is passed physically from person to person.
In many cases it seems that the condition causes little or nothing in the way of symptoms and therefore many people may be unaware they have it. When it does cause symptoms they are usually a burning pain when urinating or a discharge. Sometimes there may be pain during sexual intercourse and if an infection spreads it can cause pain in the lower abdomen.
Some medical authorities believe that all sexually active individuals should be regularly screened for at least chlamydia, gonorrhea, and cervical cancer, if not also HIV, but there are just not adequate resources for this. If you are worried about symptoms such as described, especially if having had unprotected sex with a new partner, then it is relatively easy to get a Chlamydia test and treatment by consulting your doctor or a clinic, or even by means of an online service if you prefer.
The surest way to check is by means of a swab sent for bacterial culture testing but many tests are now done simply from a sample of urine and checking for bacterial DNA, and this is thought to be pretty effective. It may not be quite so effective in women because of the difference in the main site of the infection.
It is now quite easy to get a test via an online service. You pay a fee of about £50 and a test kit is sent to you. You provide a urine sample to send back and you receive the result within a few days. Should the result be positive it is possible to purchase an effective single dose antibiotic online as well. The antibiotic can be collected at a local pharmacy following payment online. This way of dealing with the problem may spare you embarrassment from seeing your GP but you are paying over the odds for testing and treatment.