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Chlamydia symptoms for men and women

Chlamydia sometimes referred to the “silent" disease because most women and half of men who contract the disease exhibit no symptoms.

It typically takes one to three weeks after exposure for the symptoms of Chlamydia to appear. Women who do exhibit signs of Chlamydia will typically experience the following symptoms:

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

Men infected with chlamydia may experience the following symptoms:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Burning when passing urine
  • Burning and itching around the opening of the penis
  • Pain and swelling in the testicles

Symptoms of Chlamydia for men, women and infants:

  • Proctitis (inflamed rectum)
  • Urethritis (inflamed urethra)
  • Conjunctivitis (inflamed eyelid)
  • Mouth and throat infections typically exhibit no symptoms. If any symptoms do occur they usually experience soreness and redness in the throat or mouth.
  • Newborns infected with Chlamydia typically experience conjunctivitis (pink eye) and pneumonia.

The chlamydia bacteria also can infect your throat if you have oral sex with an infected partner.

Both chlamydia and gonorrhea share very similar symptoms and can develop into the same problems however both infections are treated differently.


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