Chlamydia, also known as chlamydia trachomatis, is a sexually transmitted infection (sexually transmitted disease*) that is caused by bacteria, according to the Mayo Clinic. Chlamydia is generally spread through unprotected vaginal, oral, or anal sex. It is passed through the semen or vaginal fluid.

Once exposed, symptoms generally show one to three weeks after contact, but some people do not show any symptoms at all. Chlamydia is curable with antibiotics.

*What is the difference between a sexually transmitted infection, STI, and a sexually transmitted disease, STD? According to Verywell Health, an STI is an infection that is transmitted through sexual activity. These infections may or may not show symptoms and become a sexually transmitted disease. Keep in mind, STD and STI terminology are used interchangeably, so that is why both terms are used in this article.

Chlamydia Symptoms

Men and women can get the chlamydia infection, but symptoms present differently.

Symptoms in Women

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge
  • Bleeding between periods and/or painful periods
  • Painful urination
  • Abdominal pain with a fever
  • Painful sex
  • Burning or itching in or around your vagina

Symptoms in Men

  • A small amount of clear or cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis
  • Burning or itching around the opening of your penis
  • Painful urination
  • Swelling and pain around your testicles

According to WebMD, it is possible to have chlamydia without knowing it. In fact, 75 percent of infected women and 50 percent of infected men have no symptoms, also known as being asymptomatic. This is why it is advised to get tested if you are having unprotected sex or genital contact. Chlamydia can also be passed from an infected mother to her child during delivery.

What’s the Difference between Chlamydia and Gonorrhea?

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are very similar sexually transmitted diseases (sexually transmitted infections). Both infections are caused by bacteria. Shared symptoms include: painful urination, abnormal discharge from the vagina, penis, or rectum; or pain/bleeding from the rectum.

According to Medical News Today, some symptoms that are specific to gonorrhea include vaginal bleeding between periods in females. In males, penile discharge may be white, yellow, or green.

Gonorrhea symptoms may also include rectal symptoms like soreness, itching, and pain when you defecate.

Complications

If left untreated, chlamydia can progress to:

  • In women – pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ectopic pregnancy, infertility, or reactive arthritis
  • In men – an infection near the testicles, prostate gland infection, or reactive arthritis
  • Infections in newborns due to the infection spreading from an infected mother to the newborn during vaginal childbirth

Chlamydia Treatment

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection so it is easily treated with antibiotics, according to WebMD. A medical provider will prescribe oral antibiotics to people with chlamydia. They’ll also advise you to let your sexual partner(s) know you tested positive, so they can get tested themselves.

Where Do I Get an STD Test for Chlamydia?

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Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine is partnering with Rapid Testing LLC to offer rapid STD testing with same-day results. This is an FDA-approved, 3-in-1 combo test that is manufactured by Visby Medical. This rapid PCR test not only tests for chlamydia, but also for gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. The convenience of testing with Rapid Testing LLC means same-day testing with same-day results all without a doctor’s visit.

The test offered by Rapid Testing LLC is a self-collected vaginal swab. There is also a test for men that is a lab send-out test. This test requires a visit with a provider and results are available in 3 to 7 days.

How Much Does Testing Cost & How Long Does it Take?

The test is an FDA-approved, self-collected vaginal swab and not a blood test. Once you arrive at the clinic, you will be able to collect the sample yourself in the privacy of an exam room. Or, at no additional cost, the provider can collect the sample – whichever you are more comfortable with. Collecting the sample is quick and you will receive the results the same day you were tested.

The cost of the rapid STD combo PCR test is $225. There is also the option for a lab send-out STD test that is suitable for men and women. This test requires a visit with a provider and results are available in 3 to 7 days, rather than the same day as with the rapid test.

Get Tested Today!

Testing for STDs is offered at all of Advanced Urgent Care & Occupational Medicine’s clinics across the Denver metro area. Schedule your appointment online and get tested all without a doctor’s visit. If you test positive for any of these infections, please schedule a visit with an Advanced Urgent Care provider, or with a provider of your choice, in order to get treatment. Click here to learn more and schedule testing today!