If you have any of the symptoms associated with chlamydia or another STD, you should see your health care provider for a proper diagnosis. Since testing for STDs is not part of a routine gynecologic exam for women or a regular physical exam for men, ask your health care provider to test for chlamydia if you:
Have multiple sexual partners
Don't use a condom during sex
Have other STDs
Have a sexual partner who has had an STD
There are several tests available that can confirm chlamydia infection. Being tested is an important step in preventing the spread of the infection. Be sure to tell your partner or sexual partners as soon as possible so they can get treatment too. It is possible to be reinfected with chlamydia after already having it, so if you get treated and your partner does not, you may get infected again.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends all pregnant women be screened for chlamydia during the first prenatal exam, and women should be screened again later during the pregnancy if they have a high risk of infection.
Early diagnosis and treatment of chlamydia helps prevent serious complication in yourself and newborn, if pregnant.