Chlamydia

Name
Chlamydia

Caused by
Chlamydia trachomatis

Type
Bacterial

Incidence
Chlamydial infection is one of the most widespread bacterial STDs in the United States. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 4 million people are infected each year.

Symptoms
Abnormal discharge (mucus or pus) from the penis and pain while urinating.

Incubation
Symptoms appear 1-3 weeks after exposure.

Diagnosis
The doctor or health care worker will swab the penis and send a sample of the discharge to the laboratory.

Complications
Untreated chlamydial infections may lead to pain or swelling in the scrotal area, which is a sign of inflammation of a part of the reproductive system located near the testicles known as the epididymis. Left untreated these complications can prevent people from having children.

Treatment
Chlamydia is usually treated with antibiotics such as Azithromycin (one pill) or Doxycycline (multi-day regimen).

Appearance
penis with abnormal discharge