Not Exhibiting any Chlamydia Symptoms

Q: Could you please tell me about the specific symptoms of chlamydia? My girlfriend has been diagnosed with chlamydia. I haven’t been experiencing any symptoms, so I don’t think I have it. However, I just want to know what symptoms to look for in the future.

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Salina, KS

A: Symptoms can present themselves in many ways; however, it is important to know that not everyone experiences chlamydia symptoms. This means that you could feasibly have this STD and not even know it. If your girlfriend has chlamydia, regardless of whether you exhibit symptoms, you need to be tested. Chlamydia can easily be treated with medication, so there is nothing to fear. However, left untreated, it can lead to other problems, including infertility.

With that said, if symptoms do occur they can include:

Burning during urination
Discharge from the penis
Itching around the penis opening
Lower back and abdominal pain
Rectal pain, bleeding and/or discharge