Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Chlamydia in Males
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted
diseases among teenagers in the U.S. Caused by bacteria
called Chlamydia trachomatis, it most often starts as an
infection of the urethra. The urethra is the tube urine
passes through in the penis.
You must see a doctor to check if you have chlamydia.
What are the symptoms?
Twenty percent of men with chlamydia have no symptoms. Some
symptoms of chlamydia include:
- discharge (drip) from the penis that is usually white or
- pain or burning when going to the bathroom
- having to go to the bathroom a lot
- pain or swelling in and around the testicles.
How long will it last?
The outcome of a chlamydial infection depends on:
- the length of time you have been infected
- how bad the infection is
- the number of previous chlamydial infections you have
If only the urethra is infected, proper treatment should
clear up the infection in about 10 days.
If not treated, chlamydia can lead to scarring of the
urethra, inability to urinate normally, and inflammation of
the testicles. Testicle inflammation can cause you to not
be able to have children.
What is the treatment?
You will need to take the antibiotic prescribed by your
Tell everyone with whom you have been sexually active in
the last 3 months about your infection. They must also
be treated even if they have no symptoms. Do not have
sex until both you and your partner have finished all
Because chlamydia is sexually transmitted, there are
ways that you can help prevent this infection. Not
having sex (abstinence) is the best method of
prevention. Use of condoms is the next best method. In
addition, you are less likely to get a sexually
transmitted disease if you have just one sexual partner.
Call Your Physician During Office Hours If:
- Your symptoms get worse.
- You have other questions or concerns.