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How Long Can You Have Chlamydia Without Knowing (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 1 Week To 3 Months

Many kinds of diseases get passed over to people all around the world. Transmission happens through various means and modes. Some diseases will be passed through the air, while some will be transmitted from one living organism to another through water, bodily fluids, and even when someone uses the things of the infected ones. One disease, that is transmitted through sexual intercourse, like AIDS, is chlamydia.

STIs are very common and happen when two people exchange bodily fluids with one another while having sexual intercourse. When someone is infected with chlamydia, whoever has any sort of sexual intercourse with them will be infected with the bacteria. The types of sexual intercourse include oral sex, penetration, and even anal sex.

How Long Can You Have Chlamydia Without Knowing?

Tests and SymptomsTime
Symptoms of chlamydia can stay dormant for 1 week to 3 months
Results from urine test take about 2 to 5 days
Results from blood tests take about 10 to 30 minutes
Results from swab tests take about2 to 3 days

People can get infected with chlamydia even when they use the same sex toys as the infected. The bacteria move from one body to another and infect them through bodily fluids. Though people get afraid as soon as they hear the word “chlamydia”, it is treatable and with the right treatment methods, it can be easily cured.

When chlamydia is left untreated, it can lead to very severe complications and can become very dangerous. Anybody who is sexually active is exposed to chlamydia.

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People of all age groups and gender can get affected with chlamydia since chlamydia spreads through semen and vaginal fluid when two people of any gender have sexual intercourse. When a person is infected with chlamydia, and they have sexual intercourse with a person of another gender, they could infect them easily through the transfer of bodily fluids.

Most of the time, if a pregnant mother is infected with chlamydia, it will be passed on to the newborn or the unborn child. Hence, it is very important to get it treated as soon as a person notices the symptoms.

One thing about chlamydia is that the symptoms of chlamydia lie dormant for more than three weeks without exhibiting themselves. Until and unless the infection is severe, people don’t actually notice that they are infected with chlamydia.

Why Do The Symptoms Of Chlamydia Stay Dormant For That Long?

Chlamydia infections can spread through sex that doesn’t even involve any sort of penetration or ejaculation since there are many ways through which genital fluids can pass through another person’s body. On the other hand, other intimate situations like kissing, hugging, and holding hands, using a toilet after somebody else uses it, and sharing foods or drinks do not cause chlamydia.

Some people never notice the symptoms of chlamydia until it is very late, since the symptoms of chlamydia lie dormant for a very long time, and even when they show up, they are not very aggressive. Sometimes, it can even be asymptomatic, which means no symptoms will be noticed. Hence it is easy to miss out on undergoing treatments to get rid of chlamydia.

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The symptoms a women experiences when she is infected with chlamydia include an increasing need to pee and a burning sensation every time they pee. The women infected with chlamydia will also experience bleeding in between periods, and the intercourse will also be highly painful. Pain and itching around the vagina are also experienced by the infected.

Conclusion

Men who experience chlamydia will experience mucus discharge and burning sensation every time they try to pee. Symptoms will also be exhibited in the anus, throat, and eyes.

The test to confirm if a person is affected with chlamydia is the nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT), and for this test, the doctor will collect a sample of the fluid from either the vagina or the cervix or they can also collect a urine sample to confirm.

The collected sample will be sent to labs to determine if the person has chlamydia and some even prefer drawing the blood of the infected when the symptoms are very light and do not show well.

References

  1. https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article-abstract/93/3/476/58867
  2. https://journals.lww.com/pidj/Fulltext/2002/08000/Chlamydia_pneumoniae_in_children_attending.12.aspx