If you think you may have been chlamydia, it’s vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Chlamydia infection left untreated in men can result in nongonococcal urethritis (NGU), an infection of the urethra.
It can also cause an infection of the epididymis (the tube that carries sperm away from the testes), which if left untreated can eventually lead to infertility. Also, in occasional cases untreated chlamydia can lead to reactive arthritis (painful swelling of the joints), Very Well reported.
Chlamydia can be treated with a prescription antibiotic. However, this has become increasingly difficult thanks to the growing threat of antibiotic resistance. According to The Planned Parenthood, the antibiotic is given in one dose or over the course of seven days. You will also need to be re-tested three months later to ensure that the infection is completely cleared up.
It is recommended that men tell their sexual partner of their infection and to refrain from further sexual activity until the infection is cleared up.