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How long can chlamydia stay in the body without symptoms?

By Anonymous August 6, 2017 - 8:20am
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My situation might be very odd. I don't think I have Chamydia but I'm not sure, I know the only way to be sure is to get tested. However my doctor thinks I'm a virgin since I haven't told her I got raped as a kid. I don't want to tell her either nor do I want her asking questions if I do ask for an STD test. That's why I'm wondering if it's even possible to still be infected after more than ten years? The reason why I'm thinking and asking about Chlamydia is because my doctor currently thinks I have endometriosis, my symptoms fit both but she never thought of Chlamydia since she 'knows' I'm a 'virgin'.

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Hello, Anon.

Thank you for your message.

It's possible that Chlamydia can lie dormant in the body for many years causing a low-grade infection without symptoms. It could potentially flare up to cause a symptomatic infection, especially if there is an alteration in the persons' immune system, such as a severe cold or flu, cancer or some other severe illness. You should speak to your doctor about this. She does not need to know the details of your virginity or non-virginity. She needs only to know that you want to have an STD test.


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