An Overview of Chlamydia
Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the United States, yet many infections go undetected. Chlamydia is often asymptomatic; up to 75% of infected women and 50% of infected men do not have noticeable symptoms, allowing the disease to go unnoticed.
When present, Chlamydia symptoms in men include discharge, a burning sensation while urinating, and pain or discomfort around the opening of the penis. Symptoms of Chlamydia in women include unusual vaginal discharge, a burning sensation while urinating, and pain during sex.
Chlamydia testing involves a painless urine sample in men or a vaginal swab of the infected area in women to detect the disease. The test administered STDtesting.com, a division of the Institute of Sexual Health, is 99.9% accurate and the most sensitive test available. Positive results can be detected as early as two to seven days after a potential exposure.
Chlamydia is 100% curable and can be treated with oral antibiotics if caught early. If left untreated, Chlamydia can cause irreversible reproductive damage and complications, particularly pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and infertility in women.