Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it’s one of the most common STDs in the United States, with an estimated 4 million infections in 2018 alone.

Symptoms & long-term effects

While chlamydia is regarded as one of the more benign and easily treatable STDs, that doesn’t mean the condition isn’t without potential enduring and persistent health complications. One problem chlamydia can cause, or at least exacerbate, is erectile dysfunction (ED) in men.

It’s important to note you can have chlamydia for several weeks before showing any symptoms at all. Additionally, physical damage can occur long before you’re aware you’ve been infected. This means that it’s crucial to get tested immediately if you suspect you may have been exposed to chlamydia, so you can start treatment as soon as possible.

Early symptoms of chlamydia in males include:

  • Discharge from the penis
  • Burning or painful sensations when urinating
  • Pain and swelling in the testicles