Statistics say that around four million Americans get infected with the disease every year, and the number will continue to rise if it is left undiagnosed and untreated.
In the UK, it comprises 30% of all the reported cases of STDs every year. In the United States, it is the number sexually transmitted bacterial infection, with more than one million patients reported every year. Furthermore, an alarming two million cases are believed to be left untreated and undiagnosed every year.
This disease does not always show symptoms once it starts to attack the human body, so Chlamydia tests should be done before it is too late. But if they do manifest, men and women get different sets of symptoms from Chlamydia.
A female Chlamydia patient will experience nausea, accompanied by pains in the lower abdominal area. The vagina will start to smell foul, and strange, milky vaginal discharge that looks like mucus will also appear. Pain when urinating and sex will also occur. She will have irregular menstrual periods.
A male patient will experience a burning pain sensation during urination. He will have strange discharges coming out from his penis. Look out for stains in the underwear for this. Also, swelling of the testicles is a sign of Chlamydia in its early stage.
Those who engaged in oral sex with another infected person will have sore throat or some other type of throat infection, while those who engaged in anal sex with another infected individual will suffer from swelling in the rectal area.
It is important to test for Chlamydia once the signs and symptoms pop up. Use a rapid Chlamydia test kit.