Can Chlamydia be Dormant and Undetected?

Many people think that STDs are conspicuous diseases. In other words, they expect STDs to produce a lot of obvious symptoms –– and for those symptoms to appear quickly. Yet, the reality is that it’s impossible to tell if you have an STD immediately after contraction. In fact, lots of people who have STDs never experience any symptoms at all. This leads us to our question of the day –– can chlamydia be dormant and undetected? There are two parts to the answer. First, yes, chlamydia can lie unnoticed for long periods of time. However, even if chlamydia remains asymptomatic, tests can still detect its presence. 

“Dormant” STDs

Most STDs can occur asymptomatically. Furthermore, sometimes STD symptoms only appear for a brief period of time before they disappear. Still, it’s not accurate to refer to these STDs as strictly dormant. Just because you don’t notice any symptoms, it doesn’t mean that the STD has “gone away,” or that it’s inactive. Rather, just the opposite is true. And, left untreated, STDs can cause a litany of serious problems ranging from infertility, to pregnancy complications, to death. 

Note also that individuals may transmit or contract STDs even if no symptoms are present. So it’s highly probable (if not a complete certainty) that many people spread STDs without realizing it. 

Visual Examinations

Because STDs are so often asymptomatic, visual examinations are insufficient to determine whether or not a person has an STD. This includes procedures like pap smears or prostate exams. You can’t tell if someone has an STD just by looking at them. What’s more, even when symptoms are apparent, they may seem similar to other conditions like yeast infections or acne. 

STD Testing

Thankfully, modern STD tests do not rely on the presence of symptoms to detect STDs. Rather, STD tests require a small sample from an individual. Typically, this is either a small amount of urine or saliva. Some STDs –– like HIV –– do require blood tests. In some instances, doctors may collect a cell sample from a patient for testing purposes. 

Not only is modern STD testing capable of accurately detecting asymptomatic diseases accurately, but it’s safe, fast, and completely painless. 

Dealing with STD Test Results

If you’ve never experienced any STD symptoms before, it can be quite a shock to get a positive STD test result. The good news here is that the sooner you get tested, the sooner you can get treated. And many STDs –– including chlamydia –– can be cured completely with antibiotics. Even those that can’t, can now be managed with treatment more effectively than at any time in the past. 

A Word from Same Day STD Testing

At Same Day, it’s our mission to provide safe, reliable, and confidential STD testing options for all who need them. One of our dedicated staff members will walk you through the testing process and answer any questions you may have –– both before and after the tests. Contact us here at 844-394-8520 to schedule an appointment or, to get tested today, simply find a facility near you and visit us. We’re ready and waiting to help you.

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