Before becoming sexually active, it is important to have gained awareness about dangerous sexual practices and unprotected sex. For instance, chlamydia is the most commonly reported STD in the US, but is a rather obscure disease regardless. People, especially those who are sexually active, need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of STDs so they can seek immediate medical treatment when necessary.
In women and other people with female genitalia, chlamydia can manifest in just a few or all of symptoms. These symptoms include odored, abnormal discharge, sporadic bleeding between periods, painful periods, vaginal itching and burning, and pain when having sex and urinating.
The STD is also prevalent with men and other people with male genitalia. The infected may experience similar symptoms. Clear, cloudy discharge from the tip of the penis, burning and itching around the urinary meatus, painful swelling around the testicles, and pain when urinating may indicate infection.
If a case of chlamydia goes by untreated, men can end up with various infections, while in women, the fallopian tubes can be damaged and cause infertility.