What are the symptoms?

Written by NSW Health . Posted in FAQ

Chlamydia is known as a "silent" disease. This is because 75 percent of infected women and at least half of infected men have no symptoms. If symptoms do occur, they most often appear within 1 to 3 weeks of exposure. The infection first attacks the cervix and urethra. Even if the infection spreads to the uterus and fallopian tubes, some women still have no symptoms. If you do have symptoms, you may have:

• Abnormal vaginal discharge
• Burning when passing urine
• Lower abdominal pain
• Low back pain
• Nausea
• Fever
• Pain during sex
• Bleeding between periods

Men with chlamydia may have:
• Discharge from the penis
• Burning when passing urine
• Burning and itching around the opening of the penis
• Pain and swelling in the testicles

The chlamydia bacteria also can infect your throat if you have oral sex with an infected partner.
Chlamydia is often not diagnosed or treated until problems show up. If you think you may have chlamydia, both you and your sex partner(s) should see a doctor right away — even if you have no symptoms.

Chlamydia can be confused with gonorrhea (gahn-uh-REE-uh), another STI. These STIs have some of the same symptoms and problems if not treated. But they have different treatments.

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