?Chlamydia symptoms usually become evident in one to three weeks after infection.
However, chlamydia is one of the silent STDs because some people show no
symptoms at all. It is estimated that about 75 percent of women and 50 percent of men
exhibit no signs of the disease.
In women, chlamydia symptoms include vaginal discharge, burning or painful
urination, abdominal pain, and lower back pain, pain during intercourse, fever, nausea,
and vaginal bleeding between periods. In men, common symptoms include burning or
painful urination, penile discharge, burning or itching around the opening of the penis,
and swelling of the testicles.
If used properly, antibiotics can completely cure this sexually transmitted disease.
Chlamydia treatment can be achieved in a single dose with the antibiotic Zithromax
(Azithromycin). Another antibiotic that is commonly used is Doxycycline
(Doxycycline Hyclate) but repeated doses over one week are required.
Although there is typically no resistance to antibiotics by the chlamydia bacterium,
recent discoveries of antibiotic resistant strains have been made. It is unclear whether
these strains are present in humans, and further research needs to be conducted.
However, this could be an emerging problem for anyone who contracts or is at risk for
contracting the disease.
When left untreated, this sexually transmitted disease can result in serious
complications. PID occurs when the infection travels upwards into the female
reproductive organs. This complication develops in nearly 40 percent of women who
do not seek treatment. The damage caused by PID can lead to infertility, chronic
pelvic pain, and potentially fatal ectopic pregnancies. Women infected with chlamydia
are also up to five times more likely to contract HIV if exposed, than women with a
healthy reproductive system.
Like gonorrhea, chlamydia is also responsible for an increased risk of premature birth.
The infant is also likely to contract the infection while traveling through the birth
canal. This can lead to serious eye injury or pneumonia. However, all newborns are
treated with eye drops that kill the chlamydia bacteria to prevent serious damage to
the eyes. This practice is routine because so many women carry the infection
unknowingly and without symptoms.
In men, chlamydia complications are rarer, but can occur. Infection can spread to the
epididymis, or the tube that carries sperm from the testes. This can lead to pain, fever,
and in very rare cases, sterility. Other rare side effects of this sexually transmitted
disease includes skin lesions, inflammation of the eyes, arthritis, and meningitis.
As with all sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia can be prevented most easily by
abstaining from sexual intercourse completely, or engaging in sexual activity with one
monogamous partner who has been tested and confirmed negative for the disease.
Latex condoms, when used properly, can reduce the risk of transmission, although it
cannot completely remove the risk.
To prevent the risk of serious complications, it is recommended that you undergo
regular screenings for all STDs, including chlamydia. Any genital symptoms such as
soreness, itching, burning, or bleeding, should be immediately evaluated by a
qualified medical professional.
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