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Doctor insights on: Incubation Time For Chlamydia

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Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Chlamydia Infection (Definition)

Chlamydia infection is a sexually transmitted infection caused by a bacteria. Genital symptoms include burning on urination, vaginal or penile discharge, pain with sexual intercourse or no symptoms at all. In many patients without symptoms, chlamydial infections can spread upwards into the abdomen and cause serious complications due to scarring. Newborns can acquire chlamydial eye infection from birth ...Read more


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What's the incubation period for chlamydia, gonorrehea, and trichomas? I've read online 7 days others say 3 weeks? When do doctors recommend testing?

What's the incubation period for chlamydia, gonorrehea, and trichomas?  I've read online 7 days others say 3 weeks? When do doctors recommend testing?

Variable: Incubation periods for symptomatic chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomonas: 3-28 days. It's important to keep in mind that symptoms aren't always a good measure of determining whether you or your partner has an std. Many sexually transmitted diseases can remain asymptomatic for years. Furthermore, it is possible for someone to have no std symptoms at all and still be contagious. Screening can detect. ...Read more

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I took a 1g dose of antibiotic to treat my case of chlamydia and received unprotected oral sex before the incubation period ended. What should I do?

I took a 1g dose of antibiotic to treat my case of chlamydia and received unprotected oral sex before the incubation period ended. What should I do?

Get seen: What are you doing to yourself? Get checked again & then lock yourself in your house alone until you figure out why you're practicing risky sex. Do you want AIDS or gonorrhea or oral herpes or syphilis or warts? If alcohol or drugs make you lose your good sense (& you do have good sense: you went to the doc & are asking here) then you shouldn't drink or use rec. drugs cuz you're "allergic." ...Read more

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Can you develop symptoms of chlamydia over 4 months time?

Can you develop symptoms of chlamydia over 4 months time?

Yes: Chlamydia is often a “silent” disease. Chlamydia symptoms in women may include: spotting, painful sexual intercourse, pain w urination, vaginal discharge (milky or yellow mucus), lower abdominal pain, nausea & fever. Chlamydia in men may cause burning or pain w urinating, irritation at penis opening, discharge, groin pain w swelling & testicular swelling /pain. ...Read more

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For what length of time chlamydia stay in ur body if untreated?

For what length of time chlamydia stay in ur body if untreated?

A long, long time: It is possible for symptoms to resolve even through chlamydia remains in the body (where it could remain indefinately). ...Read more

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For what length of time do I have to wait for chlamydia pills to make an effect?

Chlamydia: I hope i understand what you are asking. You should not have sexual activity for the first seven days (whether 1 day tx or 7 to 10 day tx). Otherwise there is risk of spreading it. ...Read more

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Can you test negative for chlamydia multiple times,and have it, before testing positive?

Can you test negative for chlamydia multiple times,and have it, before testing positive?

Very unlikely: The standard chlamydia tests are very reliable. If you've had several negative tests, you can be confident you don't have it. If a test was positive after several negative results, then almost certainly you acquired a new infection from a sex partner. ...Read more

Chlamydia (Definition)

Chlamydia is a curable sexually transmitted infection that is caused by the bacteria chlamydia trachomatis. This bacteria infects mucous membranes of the urethra, vagina, cervix, anus, rectum, eyelid, and throat. Chlamydia may be asymptomatic but some patients experience pain or burning during urination, nausea, fever, vaginal discharge, ...Read more