Chlamydia is the most frequently reported infectious disease in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2017 there were 1.7 million cases of chlamydia reported to the CDC but an estimated 2.86 million infections actually occur each year.
Common in both men and women, chlamydia can be asymptomatic, so many never realize they have it. Since it can be treated with antibiotics, they deprive themselves of a cure and expose themselves to more serious health complications when they don’t get chlamydia testing.
Chlamydia occurs most commonly in women age 24 and under. When left untreated it’s especially serious in women at risk of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), experiencing pregnancy complications and/or infertility.
- Most people with chlamydia are asymptomatic and do not seek testing, which is why so many cases are not reported
- At least two-thirds of new chlamydia infections occur among those aged 15-24 years
- It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active young women aged 14-24 years has chlamydia
- Chlamydia is transmitted through sexual contact with the penis, vagina, mouth, or anus of an infected partner and ejaculation does not have to occur for it to be transmitted or acquired
- Being treated once for chlamydia does not make you immune - if you have sex with another infected person you can get it again
It’s common for symptoms of chlamydia never to appear – but that doesn’t mean you don’t have it! Because it’s so common, both men and women should be tested regularly if they’re sexually active.
Chlamydia testing is a standard procedure for doctors to perform early during pregnancy.
Signs and symptoms can include:
- It burns when you pee
- Discolored discharge (men and women)
- Pain in lower abdomen (and sometimes testicles for men)
- Pain during sex
- Sore throat, cough (if you had oral sex)
- Discharge, pain and bleeding in the anus (if you had anal sex)
Who should get chlamydia testing?
Chlamydia is tested for with a urine sample.
The CDC recommends the following be routinely screened every year:
- all sexually active women younger than 25 years
- older women with risk factors such as new or multiple sex partners, or a sex partner who has a sexually transmitted infection
- all sexually active gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM)
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