Unprotected sexual intercourse --- anal, oral, and vaginal --- is the primary method for transmitting and spreading Chlamydia. Once the bodily fluid of an infected person finds its way to yours during sex, the STD will soon infect you and cause some problems.
Another method of Chlamydia transmission is mother-to-baby. A pregnant woman who is infected with Chlamydia is at risk of passing the STD on to her baby while in the womb or during delivery. For that reason, it is necessary that she get Chlamydia tested while pregnant to prevent infecting the infant.
Men and women manifest different sets of Chlamydia symptoms.
In men, the initial symptoms may show up after one and three weeks since catching the infection. An unusual discharge that is white and cloudy may be found on a patient’s penis tip. He may feel pain when urinating. He may also feel pain in his testicles.
Usually, these symptoms go away after a few days. However, that does not mean the Chlamydia infection has also gone. Remember to not to engage in any kind of sexual activity until you have been properly diagnosed and treated for Chlamydia to avoid spreading the infection to other people.
In women, symptoms also usually manifest about one to three weeks after catching the infection. She may also encounter some pain when urinating or when having sex. Sometimes, there may even be bleeding. She may also have this unusual vaginal discharge that can be foul smelling.
Upon noticing these symptoms, you should immediately get tested for Chlamydia to avoid various problems and complications.
Many cases of undiagnosed and untreated Chlamydia have resulted to serious complications and problems such as infertility, PID, and so on so to avoid these, everyone should remember to undergo Chlamydia testing on a regular basis to be able to detect the disease right away.