Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) that’s usually mentioned when talking about women and STIs, not men. But, men do get chlamydia and they can pass it on to their partners ( Teen Boys Getting More STDs/STIs ).
Chlamydia doesn’t always have symptoms, so it’s easy to have it and not know it. And, if you don’t know you have it, you may easily spread it to others. Women who develop chlamydia may end up with long-term health issues, like pelvic inflammatory disease and could be at increased risk of having ectopic pregnancies (pregnancy outside the uterus, most often in the fallopian tube) later on in life. Yet, the infection isn’t difficult to treat at all. The press release states:
Once diagnosed, Chlamydia can be treated easily with a one-off antibiotic pill. However, until now, male rapid tests for Chlamydia have been relatively inaccurate and involved urethral swabs, which can cause discomfort.
This new test is supposed to make it easier for men to be tested. Rather than using a swab to get a specimen for testing, the new test checks the urine. The test system has been looked at by researchers and came out favorably:
Today, the British Medical Journal publishes an evaluation† of the test, which shows that it is significantly more accurate than existing urine-based rapid tests. The researchers took samples from over 1,200 men at two clinical sites. They found that the test correctly identified Chlamydia infection in 84.1% of samples, more accurate than the nearest competitor rapid tests for men.
Sexually transmitted infections are easily prevented. If abstinence isn’t an option, condoms should always be used, even if the woman is using alternate birth control measures. Hormonal birth control (pills, patch, injection) don’t stop infections, including the more serious ones, like HIV.