Chlamydia is a gram-negative bacterium responsible for most of the sexually transmitted infections in the U.S. Although the rate of this infection is higher in women, it is also very prevalent in men.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) statistics, in 2015 the rate of Chlamydia infection in men was 305.2 per 100,000 males, which has increased every year since then.
However, it is important to know that many experts consider that the lower rate of Chlamydia infection in men compared to women is due to the fact that women are properly diagnosed with this infection with more frequency than men. In other terms, many men never feel symptoms, so they don’t know they have the disease and they don’t visit a doctor.
The most common symptoms of chlamydia in men include:
1. Abnormal discharge from the tip of the penis
In men, it is not usual to have a discharge from the penis. So, even small amounts of a clear discharge must be considered abnormal and you must visit a doctor as soon as possible. In some cases, the discharge can be cloudy, yellow-white, or even milky.
If the discharge is smelly, it may indicate that the patient either has chlamydia, another STI or infection, and must see a doctor for treatment.
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