Symptoms of Chlamydia
by Ricker Polsdorfer, MD
Chlamydia is a silent infection. It is likely that you could have a chlamydial infection without any symptoms. Most people who do not know they are infected carry it for years. During this time, sexual contact with others can spread the infection.
If recognizable symptoms do occur, they usually appear weeks after exposure.
Symptoms in Women
Symptoms in Men
Effects of Untreated Chlamydia
If left untreated, chlamydia can have serious health consequences in both women and men.
Complications of untreated chlamydia in women include:
Complications of untreated chlamydia in men include:
In Women and Men
Complications in both genders include:
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Last reviewed March 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board David L. Horn, MD, FACP
Last Updated: 1/29/2021
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