How to Tell If You Have Chlamydia

If your sexual partner has chlamydia, get tested to find out if you do, too.
If your sexual partner has chlamydia, get tested to find out if you do, too. (Image: Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Chlamydia, a disease caused by the chlamydia trachomatis bacteria, is one of the most common and easily treated STDs. However, this sexually transmitted infection can be hard to detect. Many times patients infected with chlamydia don't display symptoms for months or even years. If chlamydia is not treated quickly, it can lead to sterilization. Consult a health care professional if you have any worries. Certain symptoms may indicate chlamydia.

Be aware of your sexual partner's health. If a partner you have been with in the past tests positive, there is a good chance you could have contracted the disease -- or you could have been the one to give it to your partner. Go to a clinic and get tested as soon as possible.

Watch for discharge from your urethra or rectum. This is most common in the morning hours, but uncontrolled discharge may happen at any time. Note any discolored staining in your underwear. Remember that this symptom may come and go, even as the infection persists; do not put off a visit to the doctor just because discharge subsides.

Be on the lookout for burning during urination. This is one of the most common symptoms of chlamydia. Painful burning during urination can come and go. See your physician even if the burning sensation is no longer present.

Get tested. The chlamydia test is a simple urine test which is painless and quick. The test screens for both chlamydia and gonorrhea. Chlamydia treatment comes in the form of a few antibiotic pills taken over the course of a week. Sometimes chlamydia is cured before it's even diagnosed. Patients displaying chlamydia symptoms are often giving chlamydia oral medication before their test results come back.

Tips & Warnings

  • Chlamydia pictures only illustrate severe cases and normally won't help diagnose the disease as a many people infected by chlamydia never display any symptoms at all. If you have any worries in this regard, visit a clinic and find out for sure.

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