people infected with the chlamydia virus tend to never show any
symptoms of the disease. This is why doctors and health officials
often note it as being the silent sexually transmitted disease. And,
for those people who do show symptoms, they often appear up to three
weeks after the initial infection.
there are many common symptoms of chlamydia (similar to other STDs
out there) but there are also some not-so-common and rare symptoms of
the disease. What should you be mindful of if you’re concerned
about a chlamydia infection?
If you notice any of the above symptoms, it’s imperative to seek treatment right away to avoid complications that can arise from untreated chlamydia.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) believe one in 15 girls between the ages of 14 and 19 are infected with chlamydia. Their thinking seems reasonable as chlamydia is regarded as the silent sexually transmitted disease. After all, a woman could be asymptomatic, passing it onto others unknowingly.
Sexually active women are advised to be tested regularly for STDs including chlamydia. A chlamydia infection can also increase the chances of becoming infected with another STD like HIV.
When a woman becomes infected with the STD, the bacteria enters the body through the cervix, anus or mouth. Her symptoms can range from mild to severe, although it can take up to three weeks after the initial infection for symptoms to show (if they even do). In fact, 75 percent of all women experience no symptoms of chlamydia. This means more serious health problems could arise due to the lack of immediate treatment.
Several tale-tell less and least common signs of a chlamydia infection:
When these symptoms go untreated, they can lead to even more serious health problems such as PID or pelvic inflammatory disease. Women of child-bearing age with chlamydia could become infertile or have an ectopic pregnancy, as the infection spreads up the urethra, uterus and fallopian tubes.
When giving birth, a pregnant woman could unintentionally give her baby the disease.
Although chlamydia is one of the most reported STDs in the nation, it’s still considered the silent STD. Even if a woman shows no signs of the disease, a chlamydia infection raises her chances of being infected with another STD like HIV.
It’s imperative that sexually-active women get tested once to twice a year to rule out the possibility of having this common STD. Testing is done typically through the swabbing method. Most women don’t know they have it until they’re tested.
See more: Anonymous Chlamydia Symptom Checker
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 50 percent of men with chlamydia may experience no symptoms at all. Similar to women, men unaware they are infected could easily pass the disease onto their sexual partners via anal, vaginal or oral sex.
Chlamydia symptoms often start as a yellow-white, thick, watery or milky discharge coming from the penis or painful urination burning. It’s not uncommon for men to experience swelling and pain in the testicles as well. Other less and least common symptoms include:
If a man fails to treat the STD illness, it could lead to two very serious conditions known as non-gonococcal urethritis (urethra infection) and epididymitis (epididymis infection). The epididymis is the tube that carries sperm from the testicles. Untreated epididymitis could lead to male infertility.
Men could also be diagnosed with reactive arthritis, which is the painful swelling of at least one joint. The condition, once known as Reiter’s Syndrome, is often associated with other symptoms that affect the eyes and urinary tract. Bear in mind that the condition could appear even with treatment.
Other untreated short-term and long-term conditions could also arise from untreated chlamydia.
It can take up to three weeks after the initial infection to test positive for a chlamydia infection. This is why men who are sexually active are encouraged to seek annual or bi-annual testing for the STD. Men must provide a urine sample to be tested, or if the infection is in the throat or rectum, a swab of the area will be conducted.
Symptoms of Chlamydia often occur within 1 to 3 weeks of infection. However it has almost no noticeable symptoms and is often only detected after complications have developed, or if there’s already significant damage to the reproductive organs. Some men and women do experience Chlamydia symptoms but to be safe, individuals who are sexually active should get a Chlamydia test at least once a year. See our comprehensive guide to STD testing for more information.
Yes. Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.
Bacterial. Caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium.
Antibiotics. A single dose of Azithromycin or seven daily doses of Doxycycline.
1 to 2 weeks. One to two weeks may be required for symptoms to fully disappear.
No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.
Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.