Common Treatments For Chlamydia

The best way to prevent the spread of chlamydia is to use condoms or dental dams each time you have any type of sex. Doctors will test for chlamydia by using any number of available methods to extract penile or cervical discharge or urine. The most common test for the STD is swabbing the source of infection such as the vagina, throat and anus. For men, it’s getting a sample of urine.

Upon a positive sign for chlamydia, your doctor will prescribe antibiotics to clear up the infection. Doctors tend to stick with oral antibiotics such as doxycycline two times a day for up to seven days or go with a single dose of azithromycin.

During the treatment, people are advised not to have sex for a minimum of seven days until the medication has been completely used. Doctors recommend that patients take the entire course of treatment even if they start to feel better. Failure to take as directed could prolong the cure, even if you have a single-dose treatment plan.

Treatment of the disease means no further possible complications (and cured of the disease).

There is no over-the-counter medication for the disease. If there was, it could lead to an increase in resistant chlamydia strains, which would make it harder for the STD to be treated.

Special Note – It’s imperative you inform your partner if you’ve been diagnosed with chlamydia so they may seek treatment as well and lower the chance of becoming infected once more.

Do I have Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is known as the "silent" STD because the vast majority of people experience no symptoms. It can be easily cured with antibiotics; get tested today if you think you may have been exposed.

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Recovery Time

Symptoms should disappear within 1 to 2 weeks of taking medication. If you're still experiencing symptoms after 2 weeks of treatment, see your doctor immediately.

Sexual Activity

It is important not to have sex until your symptoms have disappeared and you have completed your medication.

Mark Riegel, MD

Quick snapshot

Can it be cured?

Yes. Chlamydia is easily treated with a course of antibiotics.

Type of Infection

Bacterial. Caused by the Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium.

How is treated?

Antibiotics. A single dose of Azithromycin or seven daily doses of Doxycycline.

Recovery Time

1 to 2 weeks. One to two weeks may be required for symptoms to fully disappear.

Can I have sex?

No. Sexual activity should be avoided until treatment is successful.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. Re-infection is possible from sexual activity with an infected person.