Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is easily curable when treated. Chlamydia can cause very serious complications and make it difficult for women to get pregnant if left untreated.
How is it transmitted?
Chlamydia is spread through any kind of sexual contact (vaginal, oral, or anal) with an infected partner. Reinfection is possible for individuals who have been infected and received treatment for chlamydia in the past if they have sexual contact with a person infected with chlamydia.
Since chlamydia can be spread at multiple sites (vaginal, oral, and anal), it is important that you have an honest and open talk with your healthcare provider for appropriate testing.
Signs and Symptoms
It is important to note that the most common symptom of an STD, especially chlamydia, is NO SYMPTOM AT ALL. Many, if not most, individuals with chlamydia are asymptomatic, meaning they have no signs or symptoms presenting the infection. When present, signs and symptoms of urethral infection include dysuria (pain with urination) or a white, yellow, or green urethral discharge.
Initial symptoms of vaginal infection may include dysuria (pain with urination) or abnormal vaginal discharge. Even if you do not have symptoms, chlamydia can damage the reproductive system and can make it difficult to get pregnant later on.
Rectal infections may include rectal pain, discharge, or bleeding. Rectal infection may also be asymptomatic.
If you notice any of these symptoms or if your partner has an STD or symptoms, you should call Student Health and schedule a Sexual Health appointment (215-746-3535).
Chlamydia can be cured with the right treatment. It is important to take all of the medication prescribed and should not be shared.
Since repeat infection is common, you will need to be tested again about three months after treatment. If symptoms continue for more than a few days after receiving treatment, please call Student Health at 215-746-3535 and press option 1 to speak with a nurse.
If you are sexually active, use latex condoms every time you have sex. Condoms are the only form of birth control that can prevent STDs. Additionally, you should be screened every year for STDs. To schedule an appointment for STD screening at Student Health, call 215-746-3535 or book a Sexual Health appointment online through the SHS student portal.
Once an individual is diagnosed, they MUST tell all recent anal, vaginal, or oral sex partners within the past 2 months before the onset of symptoms or diagnosis so they can also get tested and treated.