Does Discharge from Your Penis Mean You Have Chlamydia?

Not necessarily – the presence of a white, cloudy or watery discharge from the end of your penis is a symptom of chlamydia in men. However, discharge can also be a sign of other issues such as:

  • a urinary tract infection (UTI) 
  • genital herpes
  • gonorrhoea
  • mycoplasma genitalium
  • ureaplasma

In cases of chlamydia other symptoms which may occur alongside penile discharge include:

  • Pain when you pee
  • Burning or itching in the tube that carries urine out of your body (urethra)
  • Painful testicles

If you have discharge it may be:

  • Watery
  • Cloudy
  • White
  • Yellow and pus like

No discharge doesn’t mean no chlamydia – it is important to remember that most cases of chlamydia are symptom-free, particularly in men. If you have had unprotected sex i.e. you didn’t use a condom there is every possibility you could have caught chlamydia. You should get tested even if you have no symptoms to be safe. If chlamydia is left untreated it can cause serious health complications, including those which could affect your fertility. 

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