Yes, you can get online treatment for chlamydia
Often called “the silent STI” chlamydia is a super common, highly treatable sexually transmitted infection (STI). In fact, it’s the most commonly reported STI in the United States. Whether you want to get tested for chlamydia and other STIs or have a partner who recently tested positive, you can get the care you need online.
At Virtuwell, we have the answers and support you need to get diagnosed and treated for chlamydia — discreetly, affordably and quickly.
What is chlamydia and how is it spread?
Chlamydia is a very treatable STI caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis which is carried through semen and vaginal fluids and can spread through vaginal, anal and oral sex.
Despite myths, chlamydia cannot be spread through kissing or using public bathrooms.
Expectant mothers who are infected can also pass along the STI to their babies during childbirth, which is why all pregnant women are screened for chlamydia.
What are the signs and symptoms of chlamydia?
Most commonly, people who have chlamydia don’t show any signs or symptoms. That’s why it’s so important for anyone who is sexually active to get tested for common STIs annually or when they have a new partner. If left untreated, chlamydia can permanently damage a woman’s reproductive health and lead to infertility.
When symptoms do present, they may not be noticeable until a few weeks after exposure.
- Changes in discharge
- Burning sensation when peeing
Similarly, chlamydia symptoms in men and those with penises, can easily be confused with other conditions and include:
- Burning sensation when peeing
- Burning or itching
- Pain and swelling in one or both testicles
If you experience these symptoms, get tested. Keep in mind though, that most people who have chlamydia don’t experience any symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to get tested regularly.
How can I get tested for chlamydia online?
While STIs are common and nothing to feel embarrassed about, some people still feel awkward talking with their doctor, but that doesn't have to stop you from getting the care you need. Thankfully, Virtuwell offers at-home STI tests for women ages 18 and older. These tests are for women who are currently experiencing symptoms as well as those who want to complete a preventive STI screening. The kit is shipped to your front door with step-by-step instructions on how to collect your sample. Once your sample is ready, simply follow the directions and ship it to our lab in the provided prepaid envelope.
When your results are ready, you’ll be promptly notified by email or text—typically within a few days.
Can I get treatment for chlamydia online?
If you test positive for chlamydia or have a partner who tests positive, you can obtain treatment online through Virtuwell. Just fill out a short questionnaire detailing your health history and current situation, then a certified nurse practitioner will provide you with a chlamydia treatment plan and send a prescription to your preferred pharmacy. If you’re not sure if you were exposed or not, we recommend starting a visit, just to be safe.
What if my partner or I test positive for chlamydia?
The good news is that chlamydia can be easily treated. If your partner tests positive, and you think you’ve been exposed, it’s very simple to get treated for chlamydia online by starting a visit with Virtuwell. That’s right—we can likely still treat you without a confirmed positive test—and you don’t even have to go into the doctor’s office.
A chlamydia infection can be treated with antibiotics. If you are prescribed antibiotics to treat chlamydia, make sure to take the whole antibiotic course as prescribed, even if you start to feel better sooner.
If you or your partner tests positive for chlamydia—it can also bring up a lot of questions and emotions. While it can be difficult, the best way to protect yourself and your partner(s) from future exposure is to be open and honest. Your partner(s) and you should also abstain from sexual contact until you complete your chlamydia treatment. It’s also important to plan for how to prevent future exposure, such as using condoms or a dental dam when you have sex.
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