Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease that is easily spread and often causes no symptoms. Because most people with chlamydia do not experience symptoms, it can be hard to tell if you have it, and therefore unknowingly spread to sexual partners. In fact, chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the United States.
People of all ages and both men and women can get chlamydia. Sexual intercourse greatly increases your chance of getting the disease. Men and women under the age of 25 are at higher risk for getting it, and it is more common in women than men.
Symptoms in Women and Men
When chlamydia does cause symptoms, they are usually noticeable within one to three weeks of sexual contact, and vary between women and men.
Symptoms of chlamydia in women include:
- Abnormal vaginal discharge (discharge may have odor)
- Painful periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Pain when urinating
- Itching or burning around the vagina
- Pain when having sex
Symptoms of chlamydia in men include:
- Painful urination
- Pain and swelling around testicles
- Burning and itching around opening of penis
- Small amounts of discharge from tip of penis (may be clear or cloudy)
If you are experiencing chlamydia symptoms, come to FastMed right away for testing and treatment. Chlamydia is easily treated with antibiotics but can cause complications if you wait too long for treatment. If you are not experiencing any symptoms but are sexually active and would like to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases, FastMed can provide you with testing.
We offer STD testing and have on-site labs that enable us to provide you with results quickly. We are open 7 days a week, 365 days a year, making it easy for you to be seen by a medical professional at a time that fits your busy schedule.