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How long can chlamydia lie dormant?

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How long can chlamydia lie dormant?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. D. Love replied 3 years ago.
Hello from JustAnswer.

There has never been a study to see how long chlamydia can lie dormant, since the chlamydia is routinely treated whenever it is discovered. However, since chlamydia is found so often in people without symptoms, it is thought that it can lie dormant for very long periods of time, such as many years.

However, until we decide to not treat a person in whom it is detected, it cannot be definitely proven how long it can remain dormant.

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