With an estimated 2.86 million infections occurring annually, Chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted infection in the United States [1]. Commonly referred to as the ‘silent infection’, it’s infamous for showing little to no signs or symptoms. Though, if symptoms do show, they can differ for both men and women.

Common symptoms of Chlamydia in men include:

  • Urethritis
  • Epididymitis
  • Painful urination
  • Discharge from penis
  • Lower abdominal pain
  • Testicular pain
  • Rectal pain, bleeding or discharge

See also: Common STD Symptoms in Men: Should You Get Tested?


Signs of Chlamydia in men


Although the majority of chlamydia symptoms in men need no further explanation, both urethritis and epididymitis may need some clarification!


Urethritis


Urethritis is one of the most common conditions diagnosed and treated among men in sexual health clinics [2]. It occurs when the urethra - the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body, becomes inflamed.

Symptoms of urethritis include:

  • White or cloudy discharge from the tip of your penis
  • Burning or painful sensation when you pee
  • The tip of the penis feeling irritated and sore

Epididymitis


Epididymitis is a swelling and inflammation of the epididymis - the tube which stores and carries sperm. Though this most often occurs due to bacterial infections such as chlamydia, it can sometimes occur when a testicle becomes inflamed [3].

Symptoms of epididymitis include:

  • Swollen, red or warm scrotum
  • Testicle pain and tenderness, usually on one side, that usually comes on gradually
  • Painful urination or an urgent or frequent need to urinate
  • Discharge from the penis
  • Pain or discomfort in the lower abdomen or pelvic area
  • Blood in the semen

If you’re experiencing signs of chlamydia, it’s important to get tested. You can do this by visiting your local doctor or taking an at-home lab test.


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You should also consider taking a test if:

  • You become sexually active
  • You have had unprotected sex
  • You’re experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
  • You’re entering into a new sexual relationship
  • You have received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STIs can remain dormant for years and/ or take up to three weeks to become detectable.)


References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chlamydia - CDC Fact Sheet. Online: Cdc.gov, 2016
  2. NHS. Non-gonococcal urethritis. Online: Nhs.uk, 2020
  3. Mayo Clinic. Epididymitis. Online: Mayoclinic.org, 2019