The Most Common Questions About Chlamydia

Questions About Chlamydia

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease. It is caused by bacteria called Chlamydiatrachomatis. It can infect both men and women. Women can get chlamydia in the cervix, rectum, or throat. Men can get chlamydia in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat.

Chlamydia affects people of all ages but is most common in young women.
Many who have chlamydia don’t develop symptoms, but they can still infect others through sexual contact.

Symptoms may include genital pain and discharge from the vagina or penis.
Antibiotic therapy for the affected patient and the patient’s sexual partners is recommended. Screening for other common sexually transmitted infections should also be performed.

Left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and fertility problems. If you’re sexually active, you may have had chlamydia at some point in your life. These 10 facts show that while it’s a common bacterial infection,chlamydia can have serious consequences.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by a type of bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Both women and men can get it by having unprotected vaginal or anal sex with an infected partner. … Untreated chlamydia can lead to serious consequences for your health, including infertility.
2. A burning sensation when urinating and urgency to urinate. If the infection is in the urethra, it can cause discomfort—either a burning sensation or actual pain—when urinating. You may also feel like you need to go often and that it’s urgent.
A white discharge may also be caused by vaginal thrush, however, but this is usually curd like, often odourless, or smells like bread or yeast. … So, the difference in colour and smell of the vaginal discharge may differentiate between whether it is likely to be caused by chlamydia or not.
What happens if chlamydia goes untreated? If a person is not treated for chlamydia, complications may occur. Women frequently develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause infertility (not being able to get pregnant), chronic pelvic pain, tubal pregnancies, and the continued spread of the disease.
Chlamydia symptoms in women can include: Abnormal, yellowish, or strong smelling vaginal discharge. Swelling inside your vagina/painful sex. Pain or burningwhen you pee.
It’s unclear whether chlamydia can be spread through touch to another person’s genitals if there’s infected semen or vaginal fluid on your fingers, or by rubbing female genitals together. You can’t catch chlamydia from kissing or sharing things such as toilets or towels with someone who has the infection.
A grey-white watery vaginal discharge that has a strong fishy smell may be due to bacterial vaginosis, which is caused by a disruption of the balance of normal vaginal bacteria. … This is because the chlamydia infects the urethra (tube from bladder to vaginal opening) causing urinary tract infection.
The discharge may be yellow or milky white. Chlamydia microbes can infect the urethra and cause a urinary tract infection (UTI), which can manifest itself in pain during urination (most commonly a ‘burning’ sensation), as well as sudden, desperate urges to urinate.
Chlamydia symptoms in men
  1. Small amounts of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis.
  2. Painful urination.
  3. Burning and itching around the opening of the penis.
  4. Pain and swelling around the testicles.
Chlamydia is easily cured with antibiotics. … Chlamydia cannot kill you, but in some cases, tubal pregnancies, called ectopic pregnancies, can be fatal. Chlamydiainfection can also be passed to the newborn during delivery. Men whose chlamydiainfection goes untreated can develop sore, swollen testicles.
However, it is possible for symptoms to develop months or even years after infection, especially if you develop complications such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (in women) or epididymitis (in men). In many people, chlamydia never causes any symptoms.
Chlamydia symptoms in men include: White, cloudy or watery discharge from the tip of the penis; Pain, discomfort or a ‘burning sensation’ when urinating; Inflammation, tenderness and pain in and around the testicles.
Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. If you do get symptoms, these usually appear between 1 and 3 weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected person. For some people they don’t develop until many months later.
As most people do not have symptoms it is possible the person could have hadchlamydia from a previous relationship and has not passed it to their partner yet. It’s never 100% that you will pass an STI the first time you have sex. … the chlamydiatest is positive but you actually do not have chlamydia.
Chlamydia is passed primarily during anal or vaginal sex. It is less likely to betransmitted through oral sex. It can be passed when the mucous membrane, the soft skin covering all the openings of the body, comes into contact with the mucous membrane secretions or semen of an infected person.
If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you havesex with an infected partner. Even when chlamydia causes no symptoms, it candamage your reproductive system. An abnormal vaginal discharge; A burning sensation when urinating.
Around 90% percent of women and 70% of men with chlamydia have no symptoms. If they do have symptoms, the symptoms usually start anywhere from 1-3 weeksafter becoming infected. Symptoms of chlamydia can include: A clear or milky discharge from the penis.
Chlamydia can lie dormant in the body for many years causing a low grade infection without symptoms. It could potentially flare up to cause a symptomatic infection, especially if there is an alteration in the persons immune system, such as a severe cold or flu, cancer or some other severe illness.
The discharge may be yellow or milky white. Chlamydia microbes can infect the urethra and cause a urinary tract infection (UTI), which can manifest itself in pain during urination (most commonly a ‘burning’ sensation), as well as sudden, desperate urges to urinate.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) in Canada, affecting youths and young adults most often, with young women (15 to 24 years) having the most reported cases. The infection is named after the bacterium that causes it, Chlamydia trachomatis.
Most people who have chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms. If you do get symptoms, these usually appear between 1 and 3 weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected person. For some people they don’t develop until many months later. Sometimes the symptoms can disappear after a few days.
What happens if chlamydia goes untreatedIf a person is not treated for chlamydia, complications may occur. Women frequently develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). PID can cause infertility (not being able to get pregnant), chronic pelvic pain, tubal pregnancies, and the continued spread of the disease.
Chlamydia does not cause long-term problems if it is treated before any complications develop. Left untreated, chlamydia can lead to many complications, especially for women. … Having a chlamydia infection that was cured does not protect you from a future infection.
If you do have symptoms, they may not appear until several weeks after you havesex with an infected partner. Even when chlamydia causes no symptoms, it can damage your reproductive system. An abnormal vaginal discharge; A burning sensation when urinating.
Chlamydia can lie dormant in the body for many years causing a low grade infection without symptoms. It could potentially flare up to cause a symptomatic infection, especially if there is an alteration in the persons immune system, such as a severe cold or flu, cancer or some other severe illness.
Because chlamydia can be dormant for years without being symptomatic, infected persons may easily transmit the disease to sexual partners without knowing. … If you or a sexual partner has chlamydia or another sexually transmitted infection, abstaining from sexual intercourse is the safest option.
The E. coli bacteria is implicated in many UTIs, particularly those affecting the bladder (cystitis). Other bacterial infections can cause UTI. … Some of the symptoms of a UTI and chlamydia are similar, including painful urination and lower abdominal pain.
Chlamydia is the most commonly reported sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. It is an infection with the bacteria known as Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydiais very similar to gonorrhea in its symptoms and pattern of transmission.

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