Answers to some common questions about Chlamydia:
Chlamydia may go unnoticed for long periods of time because there are often no signs and symptoms.
Some people may experience abdominal pain, abnormal discharge, or itching, burning or pain during intercourse. They may also notice mucus or blood on their underwear, or in the bowel movement.
Chlamydia may also present in the throat. Often, there are no symptoms, but sometimes it can cause the feeling of a sore throat. Chlamydia may also cause infection in the rectum.
Because Chlamydia has few or no symptoms, it can sometimes go untreated for a long time. If Chlamydia is not treated, it can become a serious threat to your health. It can cause pelvic pain, sterility, and can lead to pregnancy in the fallopian tubes (ectopic pregnancy). It can also spread to the joints in the legs and arms, causing swelling and arthritis.
Yes. Chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics, if detected early enough.
The antibiotic used for Chlamydia is called azithromycin. The medication can be given in the clinic. One dose is all you need, but it takes several days for the Chlamydia to be cured.
Following treatment, we recommend not having sex for at least one week, making sure your partner(s) are treated, and then using condoms consistently in the future. We also recommend that you come back and see us in 3 months for another test to make sure you are not infected again.
You can get screened for Chlamydia with a urine sample, which Project STAY provides onsite!