NOTE: These photos represent symptoms of advanced disease.
75% of the women with chlamydia have no obvious symptoms.
Even though chlamydia is the most commonly reported bacterial sexually
transmitted infection in the US, it can also be the most "silent." Just
because you don't have any signs doesn't mean you don't have an infection.
Chlamydia may lead to more serious risks, including increasing the risk of
getting other STDs like HIV. The Centers for Disease Control recommends
sexually active women get tested for STDs at least once a year. Because most
of the time, you don't know if you have an STD until you get tested.
Half the men with chlamydia don't show symptoms, either.
As with women, chlamydia is a "silent" STD for half of the men who have
it. This means that they never show symptoms and won't find out unless they
are tested or have a sexual partner who shows signs of infection. As for the
other half that do show signs of chlamydia, the common symptoms of urethra
infections is a pus or
discharge that is thick, yellow-white or milky or
watery. You may also have painful urination and a
burning itch around the
opening of the penis. A less common symptom is pain or swelling in the
If you do show signs of chlamydia, they can appear within 1 to 3 weeks after exposure.
Signs of chlamydia usually appear 1 to 3 weeks after being exposed to the
bacterial infection through vaginal, oral or anal sex.
Untreated chlamydia can lead to other health problems.
For women who get chlamydia from vaginal sex, the infection can first
present on the cervix (entrance to the womb). Along with vaginal discharge
painful urination, other symptoms include
bleeding between periods and
stomach pain. When the infection is untreated it may spread to the uterus
(womb) or fallopian tubes (tubes that carry fertilized eggs from the ovaries
to the uterus) and become pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). While some
women with these increased infections may still have no symptoms, others
will have low back pain,
Both women and men can have the same rectal and eye symptoms.
Men and women who receive anal sex and get rectal infections may shows
signs of Chlamydia through rectal pain,
bleeding. And even
women who only have vaginal sex can get rectal chlamydia by spreading the
infection from their cervix when wiping. An inflamed eye and
(eyelid discharge) are signs that chlamydia has attacked your eyelids. And
in rare cases you may get a sore throat from oral sex infections.