Are These Symptoms of Chlamydia?

Q: I am a 23-year-old female, and I have been experiencing back pain and abnormal discharge. I had unprotected sex several weeks ago. I have been doing some research, and I’m afraid I might have an STD. Does this sound like symptoms of chlamydia?

L. Powell

Richmond, VA

A: The symptoms you mentioned do fall within the possible symptoms of chlamydia. However, those particular symptoms could be a sign of something else. Chlamydia has other symptoms, too, including burning and itching during urination, painful intercourse, and abnormal bleeding.

The best thing you can do at this point since you did have unprotected sex is seek testing. A screening for various STDs will help put your mind at ease. Chlamydia is easily treated in most cases, and if detected soon it does not cause any permanent damage. If you do not have an STD, you need to schedule an appointment with your physician to pinpoint the cause of your discomfort.