What Is It?
- Chlamydia is one of the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infections in the United States. In 2010, 1,307,893 chlamydial infections were reported to CDC from 50 states and the District of Columbia.
How Is It Spread?
- Chlamydia is most commonly spread through unprotected vaginal or anal sex.
What are the Symptoms?
- Many individuals do not have noticeable symptoms. If someone has symptoms, they will appear two weeks to several months after exposure to the parasite.
- Fifty to eighty percent of women will not have noticeable symptoms. When symptoms appear they may experience: vaginal itching, abnormal vaginal discharge, pelvic pain, fever and/or nausea, and/or painful urination and a frequent need to urinate. If left untreated, it may affect a women’s ability to become pregnant.
- For men, they may experience: discharge from penis, burning when urinating, burning and/or itching around urethra, and/or symptoms that appear in the morning that go away and then come back.
What Is the Treatment?
- Thankfully, chlamydia can be cured with antibiotics. Both you and your partner must be treated and take all of the prescribed medication to ensure you do not re-infect each other again. Make sure that if you are being tested for chlamydia that you are also being tested for other STD’s.
Where Can I Go To Get Tested?
- Check out your local Planned Parenthood to access affordable care for the prevention, testing, and treatment of STDs.