Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by a bacterium. It infects men and women of all ages, but it's most common in young adults. Chlamydia is often called a silent STD because many hosts are asymptomatic, and if symptoms do appear, they tend to be minor or indicative of unrelated conditions. The good news is that chlamydia is easy to treat once the infection is properly diagnosed. However, if undetected, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease and long-term reproductive damage. Identifying symptoms early is key for the best prognosis.
Chlamydia is infamous for its silent symptoms, which are subtle enough to go unnoticed. For women, one of the most common and obvious signs of chlamydia is abnormal discharge. Although symptoms vary, this infection is typically associated with yellowish discharge that has a strong odor. Because chlamydia multiplies slowly, it may take several weeks or even months for symptoms to fully develop.
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