Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria called Chlamydia trachomatis. Chlamydia is a most common STD in US which can infect both men and women.  It is a bacterial infection that can be cured easily with antibiotic medicine. Left untreated, it might cause serious pregnancy issues for women and major health problems in men. It can cause permanent damage to both male and female reproductive systems. In the US, chlamydia infection affects approximately 1.5 million people per year most commonly in those under 25 years old. Women can get chlamydia in the cervix, rectum or throat whereas men can get chlamydia in the urethra (inside the penis), rectum, or throat.  It is transmitted through unprotected sex.

Chlamydia Symptoms

Chlamydia is transmitted through unprotected sex with a chlamydia infected partner. The signs and symptoms of Chlamydia are so subtle that people mistake the symptoms for something else. Chlamydia can infect both men and women. Chlamydia infection affects several organs causing serious health problems and even infertility in men and women.

Symptoms of chlamydia in men include:
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain and swelling in the testicles
  • Burning during urination
  • Burning or itching around the opening of the penis
  • Swelling around anus
  • Abnormal penile discharge
  • Inflamed eye
  • Sore throat
  • Low grade fever
Symptoms of chlamydia in women include:
  • An unusual vaginal discharge with the strong foul smell
  • Swelling in vagina
  • Burning when urinating
  • Pain during sexual intercourse
  • Bleeding between periods or bleeding after sex
  • Nausea
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Inflamed eye

Chlamydia Testing

Get tested for Chlamydia with a simple Nucleic Acid Amplification urine test. You can order a confidential chlamydia test at STD Test Chicago without a doctor's prescription, and results take only a few days.

When to test: 

If you are sexually active, pregnant or considering pregnancy, or at increased risk for this sexually transmitted infection (STI); when you have symptoms, such as vaginal discharge and abdominal pain (for women) or unusual discharge from the penis or pain on urination (for men); when a newborn has conjunctivitis. 

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