Alert
Close

Think you know AARP? What you don't know about us may surprise you. Discover all the 'Real Possibilities'

HIGHLIGHTS

Open

REAL POSSIBILITIES

AARP Real Possibilities

DRIVER SAFETY

Piggy bank on the road - AARP Driver Safety

Take the new AARP Smart Driver Course!

Contests and
Sweeps

Dream Vacation Sweepstakes

10 weeks. 10 amazing trips. Seize your chance to win!
See official rules. 

CHECK OUT OUR
NEW IPAD APP!

ATM Mobile App for iPhone and Ipad

Enjoy the best of AARP’s award-winning publications

on the go with the new

AARP ePubs iPad App

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

AARP BOOKS

Planning for Long-Term Care for Dummies

Get expert advice on planning for your own or a relative’s future care needs.

Webinars

Learn From the Experts

Sign up now for an upcoming webinar or find materials from a past session.

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

Commented

share your thoughts

What does the health care law mean to you? Your story is important. We read and learn from every story and it helps us in our educational efforts. We may even use your comments (with permission) to brief legislators, inspire readers and more. Please share your story with us. Do

8 Common STDs

From HIV to herpes, get the facts

Chlamydia

What is it?

Chlamydia is a bacterial infection and the most common STD in the United States. The penis, vagina, cervix, anus, urethra, throat, and eyes can all be infected by chlamydia.

What are the symptoms?

Chlamydia is another STD that often has no symptoms, especially in women. If symptoms do appear, it usually happens between five and 10 days after infection. The symptoms in women can include abdominal pain, a strong-smelling yellowish discharge, painful intercourse, and low-grade fever. In men, pain or burning during urination, a watery or milky discharge from the penis, and swollen or tender testicles are the most common signs of chlamydia. The symptoms of chlamydia are most likely to be present only in the mornings.

How is it spread?

You’re unlikely to be infected with chlamydia during oral sex. The disease is spread through vaginal and anal intercourse.

How is it diagnosed?

Urine tests are the most popular for diagnosing chlamydia. It’s also possible to swab the penis, cervix, urethra, or anus to test for the disease.

How is it treated?

A course of antibiotics is prescribed to treat chlamydia. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the uterus and fallopian tubes. In men, it can cause epididymitis, an inflammation of the testicles that in turn can lead to sterility. In rare cases, chlamydia can cause an autoimmune condition called reactive arthritis.

Next: Hepatitis B. >>

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Health Blog

Discounts & Benefits

bring health To Life-Visual MD

AARP bookstore

AARP Bookstore - woman reaches for book on bookshelf

VISIT THE HEALTH SECTION

Find titles on brain health, drug alternatives, nutrition and losing weight. Do