Chlamydia Information - Chlamydia Testing
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the U.S. This infection is easily spread because it often causes no symptoms and may be unknowingly passed to sexual partners. In fact, about 75% of infections in women and 50% in men are without symptoms.
Symptoms of Chlamydia - Signs of Chlamydia
It is not easy to tell if you are infected with chlamydia since symptoms are usually not apparent. But when they do occur,
they are usually noticeable within 1-3 weeks of contact and can include the following:
Symptoms in Women: Abnormal vaginal discharge that may have an odor, Bleeding between periods, Painful periods, abdominal pain with fever, Pain when having sex, Itching or burning in or around the vagina, Pain when urinating.
Symptoms in Men: Small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis, Painful urination, Burning and itching around the opening of the penis, Pain and swelling around the testicles.
Antibiotics are the most common treatment for chlamydia, which generally cure the infection. Treatment for the disease is simple, but it is vital that a person seeks testing and treatment as soon as possible. It's also important to avoid sexual activity during this time and to inform your sex partners that you have chlamydia so that they can begin testing and treatment as well.
What happens if I don't get tested?
If you do not get tested for Chlamydia, you run the risk of several health problems.
For Women: Chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease which can lead to damage of the fallopian tubes or even cause infertility.
For Men: Chlamydia can cause a condition called nongonococcal urethritis (NGU) – an infection of the urethra, epididymitis - an infection of the epididymis or proctitis – an inflammation of the rectum.