How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Muneeb Ali Your Own Question

Dr. Muneeb Ali
Dr. Muneeb Ali, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 1354
Experience:  MBBS, MD.Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 6 year experience in internal medicine
22950887
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. Muneeb Ali is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

how long does chlamydia stay in the body or how long can someone

Resolved Question:

how long does chlamydia stay in the body or how long can someone have it before it's detected?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 4 years ago.
Hi,
Welcome to JA and thanks for the question,

Well i believe what youre asking is what is the incubation period of chlamydia, which means this is the time during which the organism is dormant and does not present with any symptoms. This incubation period of chlamydia is about 1 - 3 weeks during which time you will have no symptoms. Sometimes the tests for chlamydia can also miss this as well during this period.

About 50% of patients with chamydia are asymptomatci that means they have no symptoms at all. These people would need to be tested for the disease and then treated accordingly. The tests for chlamydia are about 50 -90% sensitive that means that 50% can miss the disease. So the normal practice is that we do treat for chlmaydia if someone has some other STD regardless.

If you have been exposed to chlamydia then i would suggest that you wait for 1 - 2 weeks if your asymptomatic (unless youre a pregnant woman then you get tested immediately) and then get tested, if you have any symptoms then you should be treated for it with antibiotics te treatment is pretty simple with azithromycin or doxycyline.

You must be treated, even if your test is negative. (CDC and all STD experts recommend automatic treatment of all sex partners of persons with chlamydia, not just those with positive tests.) Make sure your doctor gives you one of the recommended antibiotics against chlamydia, i you have been exposed to someone with confirmed chlmaydia.

I hope this helps
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
i was told that i tesed positive for chlamydia because i went to the doctor's office for my yearly check up and the nurse told me on wednesday that my pap smear was normal but i tested positive for chlamydia and i've only been with one guy sexual for the past 2years and i was wondering how long could i have gotten it form him? i have not been with anyone but him!!
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 4 years ago.
Well, if you have been tested positive for chlamydia and you didnt have any other sexual contact then you proabably got it from your boyfriend. Chlamydia does not stay in the body for around 2 years or so because if you had the prganism for such a long time you should have had some aymptoms of it over the past two years.

So this means that you got chlmaydia recently within the last one to two months and probably from your boyfriend. You should get your boyfriend tested as well, if he has the disease then it means that you got it from him definitely. Also sometimes the test can come back false negative so its advisable to get it rechecked with acell culture andDFA test to confirm these results before you talk to your boyfriend.

I hope this helps

If I have been helpful,

POSITIVE FEEDBACK and BONUSES are always appreciated

Please feel free to ask me follow up questions, also note that this is NOT a substitute for a visit to the doctor.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
thank you so much because i go every yea formy pap smears or whatever and they always come out fine and my labs or whatever come back negitive for any kind of STD's. this s the first time i have ever tested positive for an STD. i never had any symptoms or anything like that and now when i think about it i wan't feelng too well last week. i threw last tuesay night right after i finished eating and then the next day i just nauseated the whole day. they did give me 2 different antibotics tuesday and i took those and i have to check back i about 6 to 8 weeks!! thank you so much for all your help!!
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 4 years ago.
Well its possible that you have an active infection especially if you have abdominal pains (lower), urinary complaints or discharge or burning pain in the vagina or urine. Its good that youre on antibiotics and im happy to have helped you. oh and a Happy New Year!

If I have been helpful,

POSITIVE FEEDBACK and BONUSES are always appreciated

Please feel free to ask me follow up questions, also note that this is NOT a substitute for a visit to the doctor.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
i didnt think it would stay in te body for that long and not show up whenever i go to the doctor for my pap smears o whatever. my doctor gave me cipro and zithromax and i took those as a single dose. you really answered my question and i'm glad you gave me the answer i realy needed. so it can not stay in the body for 2 years or so without showing some type of symptoms?
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 4 years ago.
No it cant, especially when you take into account that you regularly get tested for STDS as well, if it was there it would have shown up earlier. The antibiotics that you took were adequate for treating chlamydia.

I hope this answers your question

If I have been helpful,

POSITIVE FEEDBACK and BONUSES are always appreciated

Please feel free to ask me follow up questions, also note that this is NOT a substitute for a visit to the doctor.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
thank you so much!! like i saidi go every yearfor my pap smears and they always come out fine and even when they do blood workthat comes out fine and now all of a sudden i test positive for chlamydia and i never had an STD until now!!
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 4 years ago.
I hope you regain your health quickly and Youre welcome


If I have been helpful,

POSITIVE FEEDBACK and BONUSES are always appreciated

Please feel free to ask me follow up questions, also note that this is NOT a substitute for a visit to the doctor.

Dr. Muneeb Ali, Doctor
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 1354
Experience: MBBS, MD.Currently working in Critical Care Medicine with 6 year experience in internal medicine
Dr. Muneeb Ali and 3 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
thank you o much again so much dr. ali
Expert:  Dr. Muneeb Ali replied 4 years ago.
No problem

If I have been helpful,

Please click the ACCEPT (Green) Button so I get credit for my time,

POSITIVE FEEDBACK and BONUSES are always appreciated

Please feel free to ask me follow up questions, also note that this is NOT a substitute for a visit to the doctor.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    46349
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    14679
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2562
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11961
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/CO/commissure/2011-4-15_192514_REISD20080926JR1090.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    10667
    Experienced Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.
 
 
 

Related Medical Questions