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  • Transmitted through the following:
    • Oral sex
    • Anal sex
    • Vaginal sex
    • Vaginal delivery


  • Symptoms of Chlamydia mirror ones from gonorrhea
    • usually develop within one to three weeks after exposure to chlamydia

If a person does have symptoms, they may include:

  • Proctitis (inflamed rectum), urethritis (inflamed urethra) and conjunctivitis (inflamed eyelid)
  • Soreness and redness in the throat or mouth (for chlamydia infection of the throat
  • vaginal discharge
  • pain or burning sensation during urination
  • pus (thick yellow-white fluid) or watery or milky discharge from the penis
  • pain or swelling of the testicle

If the infection spreads to the fallopian tubes, symptoms may include:

  • lower abdominal and lower back pain
  • pain during intercourse
  • bleeding between menstrual periods
  • nausea or fever

If left untreated:


  • Prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate gland)
  • Scarring of the urethra
  • Infertility
  • Epididymitis (inflammation of the epididymis, which is the elongated, cord-like structure that runs along the back of each testes)


  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), a serious infection of the reproductive organs (uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries). Left untreated, PID can cause infertility (and inability to become pregnant or maintain a pregnancy), chronic pelvic pain, or ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
  • Cystitis (inflammation of the urinary bladder)
  • A condition called mucopurulent cervicitis, characterized by a yellow discharge from the cervix