The bacterial infection from chlamydia is the most frequently reported infectious disease in the United States.
It’s not uncommon for both men and women to have chlamydia but not know it – it often doesn’t come with any symptoms. Fortunately, the infection can be treated with antibiotics.
Chlamydia occurs most commonly in women age 24 or younger. It’s especially serious in women who may develop Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), pregnancy complications and/or infertility if it goes untreated.
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
It’s important to know many people do not have any symptoms appear – but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the disease! Because it’s so common, both men and women are often encouraged to be tested.
Many pregnant women will also be tested for chlamydia early on in their pregnancies.
Signs and symptoms include:
- It burns when you pee
- Discolored discharge (men and women)
- Pain in lower abdomen (and sometimes testicles for men)
- Pain during sex
- Sore throat, cough (if you had oral sex)
- Discharge, pain and bleeding in the anus (if you had anal sex)
Who should get tested for chlamydia?
To screen for chlamydia, we use a urine test.
The CDC recommends the following people be routinely screened each year:
- all sexually active women younger than 25 years
- older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
- all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)
Test Smartly Labs can help if you need to test for chlamydia or any other STD.