Chlamydia treatment How to Treat Chlamydia?

chlamydia treatment

How chlamydia is treated?

The good news is that chlamydia is very easy to treat. Since its nature is bacterial, it's cured with antibiotics.

Get tested

Order your home chlamydia test and provide a sample following the instructions enclosed.

Avoid all sexual activity

Anyone who tests positive for chlamydia should not have sex (including oral and anal) for one week after starting the single-dose of antibiotics or until they have completed the seven-day course. This will prevent them from spreading chlamydia to others.

Contact your previous partners

If you do test positive, it is vital to contact any previous sexual partners as they may be at risk and spread the infection to others.

Get treatment for chlamydia

Chlamydia can be treated and cured easily with antibiotics which is the only way to treat the disease besides prevention. In most cases the infection will disappear after 1 or 2 weeks after taking the treatment. Usually Azithromycin is taken in a single dose and Doxycycline is two capsules a day for a week. Always follow the instructions and complete the dose. They work by restricting the infection and stopping it from reproducing, thus allowing the body's immune system to fight it off. Both treatments are fine to take if you're HIV-positive.

Consult your doctor

You might be prescribed different antibiotics if you're pregnant or have an allergy. A longer course may also be recommended if you're experiencing complications from chlamydia.

Get tested regularly for chlamydia even after treatment

Even after finishing your treatment you are still at a high risk of catching it again. To make sure that the chlamydia infection left your system, you should repeat the test after 6 weeks after taking the last dose of antibiotic. Taking a retest too quickly might give a positive result again - it could mean you are still infected or you got reinfected. A test is highly sensitive and specific and correctly identifies most of the Chlamydia diseases.

Last updated September 25, 2018