Chlamydia Symptoms in Men and Women and Treatment – Basic Fact Sheet

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Chlamydia Symptoms in Men and Women?

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Chlamydia?

Unfortunately, chlamydia can be asymptomatic for both women and men which means many people with the infection show no signs and symptoms. And if there are symptoms, they may be mild and may not appear immediately after being infected which means they seem less likely to be connected to unprotected sex. During that time — and while it remains undetected — the disease can be growing and spreading through your body.

What does asymptomatic mean?

Because so many people seem free of symptoms, they think they’re fine and continue to have unprotected sex which can spread the disease to others. If fact, if you’re infected with chlamydia, you may have acquired the disease from someone who doesn’t know they’re infected. (If that’s the case, be sure to let them know they should get tested.)

Chlamydia Symptoms in Women?

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Chlamydia Symptoms in Men?

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Chlamydia Symptoms for Both Women and Men?

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Can You Get Chlamydia from Oral Sex?


You can get chlamydia by having vaginal, anal, or oral sex with someone who is infected, even if they’re showing no symptoms.

If your sex partner is male you can still get chlamydia even if he does not ejaculate.

While chlamydia throat symptoms may include a sore throat, most people have no oral chlamydia symptoms in the mouth or throat.


What Is Chlamydia and How Do You Get It?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex. Chlamydia can also be passed from the mother to her baby during vaginal childbirth.

What Are the Dangers of Chlamydia?

While pretty easy to treat if detected quickly (remember, because it sometimes shows no symptoms, many people don’t realize they have it), chlamydia can lead to serious health consequences.

For Women: If left untreated, women with chlamydia may develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). They may also experience infertility, miscarriage, and/or pre-term labor and premature delivery.  Babies born to women with chlamydia may suffer from conjunctivitis, ear infections, lung infections, or pneumonia.

Also, chlamydia can lead to ectopic pregnancies which can be extremely dangerous.

Ectopic pregnancies can be dangerous or even deadly. If the growing fertilized egg ruptures the Fallopian tube it can lead to internal bleeding and infection.

For Men: If left untreated, chlamydia can increase the risk of contracting HIV, urethritis and/or infertility.


How Soon Can You Test for Chlamydia after Being Infected?

The incubation period for chlamydia is 1-5 days but varies according to the individual. So, after having unprotected sex, some people wait a full week before testing for chlamydia.  Visible symptoms may not show up for 1 to 3 weeks (if at all.)  And, symptoms may disappear quickly — although that does not mean you’re cured.

Get tested. If necessary, get treated.  Then, after treatment, you will want to be tested again to make sure the treatment was successful and there is no chlamydia bacteria in your body. Then you will know you are “clean.”

Where to Get Tested (secretly) for Chlamydia
(and Other STDs)?

While your primary care doctor (if you have one) can examine you and order testing for STDs, many people prefer confidential testing. Also, going to your doctor may be less convenient (waiting for an appointment) and more expensive (since you will have to pay for the doctor’s visit in addition to any additional lab results.

Fortunately, you don’t need to go through the inconvenience and expense of seeing your doctor to be tested.

Many local medical laboratories offer no-appointment “walk in” testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea and other common STDs. (Check  to find certified STD-testing labs in your Zip Code HERE.)


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What’s Required for the Test?

At the certified STD-Testing Lab or testing center, testing for chlamydia is simple, easy, and fast. It requires collecting a urine sample which will then be analyzed using a highly-accurate, FDA-approved and CDC-recommended technique called Nucleic Acid Amplification (NAA) to detect if there is any chlamydia bacteria. The urine test can be taken 1-5 days after possible exposure to chlamydia.

If you are in a rural area and there is not a convenient lab nearby, you can order an At-Home STD Test Kit. Follow the simple directions for taking samples and then mail it in. In just a few days, you can find out your results (by phone or on the Internet.)

NOTE: If you test positive it usually means you have chlamydia — this test delivers very few “false positives”(which would mean you actually do not have chlamydia.) Negative results are usually good news and probably mean you are “clean” for the STD(s) you tested for.

However, keep in mind that after being infected, if you test too soon and the chlamydia has not gone through its incubation stage, it may not show up on your test results. So be sure to get tested — but not too soon.

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Is Chlamydia Treatable?
Can It Be Cured?

Yes. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection which can be treated and cured with antibiotics. Even if the visible symptoms disappear along the way, be sure to take all of the prescribed medication. Just because the symptoms have gone away doesn’t mean you’re cured. Take the full-dose prescribed for you and you should be able to stop the infection and decrease your chance of complications.

Can you get chlamydia more than once? Yes. Even if you successfully treated chlamydia in the past, you can get infected again if you have unprotected sex with someone who has chlamydia.

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