Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacteria Chlamydia trachomatis. In many cases, chlamydia can be treated effectively with antibiotics, and most people who receive prompt and proper treatment can expect to make a full recovery.
If left untreated, chlamydia can lead to serious health problems, including pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and an increased risk of contracting or transmitting other STIs.
In terms of how long you can live with chlamydia, it’s important to note that the infection can be present in the body for a long time without causing noticeable symptoms. This is one reason why chlamydia is often referred to as a “silent” infection.
In some cases, people with chlamydia may not experience any symptoms at all. However, even if you don’t have symptoms, you can still pass the infection on to others through sexual contact.
If you think you may have been exposed to chlamydia, it’s important to get tested and treated promptly. This can help prevent the spread of the infection and reduce the risk of complications.