If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with chlamydia, you should learn about how chlamydia effects the body. Chlamydia is a bacterial infection transmitted through sexual contact. Chlamydia comes from the bacterium, Chlamydia trachomatis. Men tend to experience symptoms of chlamydia more than women—it is estimated that as many as 70 percent of women infected with chlamydia do not have symptoms. Chalamydia is the most common sexually transmitted disease for people who are between sixteen to 30 years old.
Men who are infected with chlamydia will often experience discharge from their penis and/or discomfort with urination. If you are experiencing either of these symptoms, you and your partner should make an appointment to get tested for chlamydia. Men can also experience pain or burning in their testicles and/or anus. As stated above, symptoms are often non-existent in women. Chlamydia generally doesn't cause long-term problems for men, but women can become sterile or develop pelvic inflammatory disorder if the chlamydia is left untreated.
No one wants an STD, but if you had to choose one, chlamydia would be one of the least critical because it is not a chronic disease like herpes or HPV. Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, which you and your partner must both take for approximately one week. You must also abstain from sexual activity while you are taking antibiotics because you could become re-infected with chlamydia. It is recommended that if you are under 25 years old, you should be tested for chlamydia and other STDs.