Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases in the UK. In 2018 alone, 49% of all new diagnoses of STDs were Chlamydia. A possible reason for this is that the Chlamydia can lay dormant for many years without the carrier knowing. In this blog, we will look at how Chlamydia is transmitted, and how to prevent and treat it.
What are the symptoms of chlamydia?
Whilst Chlamydia often lays dormant in many people, the disease may flare up and cause symptoms due to a change in the immune system such as a cold or flu. Symptoms include:
However, STDs such as Chlamydia can often be asymptomatic. It is reported that nearly 75% of women and 50% of men are asymptomatic when infected with Chlamydia. To reduce the risk of transmission, it is important to regularly test for STDs, particularly if you have multiple sexual partners. Your Sexual Health offers a wide variety of tests that can be conducted in the privacy of your own home.
Does chlamydia go away on its own?
It is highly unlikely that Chlamydia will go away on its own without treatment, which is why it is so important to be tested regularly and be treated swiftly if positive. Whilst it has been known for some infected with Chlamydia to recover without treatment, this is uncommon and very risky as untreated Chlamydia may lead to more severe health problems.
How can you treat chlamydia?
Following a positive test, the most common and effective treatment for Chlamydia is a course of antibiotics, usually over the period of one week. You should abstain for sexual activity for one week following a successful course of antibiotics and ensure that regular sexual partners, as well as previous partners, are informed and tested.
Can you pass chlamydia on without symptoms?
Even if you are asymptomatic with Chlamydia, it is still possible to pass on the disease. The bacterial infection transmits via bodily fluids during sexual activity, therefore it is vitally important to practise safe sex and be tested regularly to ensure that you are clean of sexually transmitted infections. Visit our website to learn more about home testing.
What happens if you don’t get treatment for chlamydia?
Although you may not present with symptoms, you may develop serious health problems if Chlamydia is left untreated. Potential health problems may include:
How to know if you have chlamydia
Many STIs such as Chlamydia can be asymptomatic which makes it difficult to know if you are infected. The only way to find out if you have an STI is to be tested regularly, especially before engaging with a new sexual partner.. At Your Sexual Health, there is a wide range of sexual health tests including Chlamydia tests that can help you determine if you have any sexually transmitted infections. Getting tested is vitally important to ensure the health of both yourself and your partner(s).
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Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection induced by bacteria known as Chlamydia Trachomatis.
You can pass chlamydia by transferring bodily fluids from one infected person to another through sexual activities.
It is one of the prevalent sexually transmitted infections in the United States of America.
This is mainly because it has no visible symptoms most time. Thus, people can have Chlamydia and be unaware, infecting others unknowingly through sex. Can Chlamydia be dormant? Chlamydia can remain inactive in the body, causing a low-grade infection without symptoms.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 50% of men and 75% of women have Chlamydia. In addition, 40% to 96% of people with Chlamydia show no symptoms of this disease. When discovered, however, Chlamydia can be treated.
However, untreated Chlamydia can cause irreparable health complications like damaging a woman’s reproductive system, causing ectopic pregnancy, and causing infertility in men.
This is why healthcare providers recommend regular screening for sexually active people at higher risk of getting infected.
Can Chlamydia be dormant?
Yes, Chlamydia can be dormant in the body for several years without any flare-up to trigger a symptomatic infection. This means a person could live with Chlamydia for many years without knowing because the typical symptoms don’t appear.
However, Chlamydia can cause a flare-up after laying dormant for several years if the strength of a person’s immune system has been diminished by severe conditions like HIV, cold or flu, and cancer, among others.
Although in some cases, symptoms of the infection appear within a few weeks of contact, there have been instances where Chlamydia remained dormant for over 20 years.
This is why it is vital to get screened regularly if you have suspicions after recent sexual contact.
Painful menstruation or bleeding between menstrual cycles can be symptoms of Chlamydial infection
Does dormant Chlamydia test positive?
Chlamydia trachomatis can be present and dormant in the body for several years. However, it takes 1-3 weeks to show up in the vulva.
There are different ways to test for Chlamydia. The waiting period for the results depends on the mode of the Chlamydia test.
Your doctor would require you to pee in a cup that will be tested in a laboratory to see if Chlamydia bacteria are in your urine.
This test takes about 2-5 days to show a positive if you are infected with the disease.
Your doctor will take out some of your blood to be sent into the lab for testing to see if antibodies to Chlamydia are in your bloodstream.
Blood test results can come back in a few minutes when the blood is analyzed.
Your doctor will use a stick or cotton round to acquire a small sample of suspected fluid that has the infection.
This sample is then cultured to see what bacteria grow from it. It can take up to 2-3 days to show results.
How long can Chlamydia be dormant?
Chlamydia can stay dormant in a person’s body for years without apparent symptoms. In some cases, symptoms appear within 2-14 days after infection. However, some people, especially men, may have Chlamydia for years without knowing it.
Most men usually don’t show symptoms of Chlamydia when they’re infected but are still capable of transmitting it to others.
If an infected person conducts a test, however, even if Chlamydia is dormant, they will test positive for the infection. Chlamydia can still be detected even in a dormant stage.
When should I consult my doctor?
It’s advised that you contact your healthcare provider as soon as you suspect you have come in contact with infected bodily fluids.
This is important as your doctor would offer timely recommendations that would benefit your sexual health.
How long can chlamydia go undetected in males?
Chlamydia can stay dormant in a person's body for years without apparent symptoms. In some cases, symptoms appear within 2-14 days after infection. However, some people, especially men, may have Chlamydia for years without knowing it.
Can chlamydia lay dormant for 5 years?
Chlamydia can lie dormant in your body for many years and cause a low-grade infection that rarely presents any flare-ups. There is a greater chance of flare-up if your immune system has become weakened due to a severe cold or flu, cancer, HIV, or other severe illnesses.
How long does chlamydia lay dormant for?
Most people who have chlamydia don't notice any symptoms. If you do get symptoms, these usually appear between 1 and 3 weeks after having unprotected sex with an infected person. For some people they don't develop until many months later.
Can a man have chlamydia for 2 years?
An untreated chlamydia infection can persist for several years. Although this goes for both men and women, it is believed that men are less likely to carry the bacteria for several years. If you remain infected for a long time you have an increased risk of complications.