Symptoms: Approximately 75 percent of all women and half of men have no symptoms. Those that do experience a watery discharge, painful urination, itching, and burning. Presently chlamydia affects between 3 and 4 million people a year in the United States alone.
Incubation Period: Around 7 to 14 days, sometimes longer.
Treatment: Easily treated and cured with antibiotics. It's important to take all of the prescribed medication to cure chlamydia, even if the symptoms are gone before the medication is finished. IT IS possible to get this STD more than one in your life. If your partner is not treated, you will just get it from that person again. Your partner needs to be treated also! Never use anyone else's medication to treat an infection.
If Left Untreated: Up to 40 percent of women with untreated chlamydia will develop pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Of those women with PID, 20 percent will become infertile and 20 percent will experience chronic painful pelvic pain.
Women who have PID, if they do get pregnant have about a 9 to 10% chance of having a tubal (ectopic) pregnancy. This is a life-threatening pregnancy and it can not go to term. That woman will have to loss that tube in order to save her life.
In men, left untreated chlamydia often results in urethral infections, swollen and or tender testicles. These infections will need to be treated and can be with the correct antibiotic, but the man must be tested for chlamydia.
For many years chlamydia was the number one most prevelant STD. Now, it appears to be Genital Herpes and HPV. It is still very prevalent and common among young people and especially people who do not use condoms with each act of sexual intercourse.
Remember, this bacteria can be cured with antibiotics prescribed by your health care provider.