Chlamydia can usually be effectively treated with Penicillin .More than 95% of people will be cured if they take their antibiotics correctly.
You may be started on antibiotics once test results have confirmed you have chlamydia. But if it's very likely you have the infection, you might be started on treatment before you get your results.
The two most commonly prescribedantibiotics for chlamydia are:
Your doctor may give you different antibiotics, such asamoxicillin or erythromycin,if you have an allergy or are pregnant or breastfeeding. A longer course of antibiotics may be used if your doctor is concerned about complications of chlamydia .
Some people experience side effects during treatment, but these are usually mild. The most common side effects include tummy pain , diarrhoea , feeling sick, and vaginal thrush in women.
You shouldn't have sex including vaginal, oral or anal sex, even with a condom until both you and your partner(s) have completed treatment.
If you had the one-day course of azithromycin, you should avoid having sex for a week after treatment.
This will helpensure you don't pass on the infection or catch it again straight away.
If you take yourantibiotics correctly, youmay notneed to return to the clinic.
However,you will be advised to go back for another chlamydia testif:
If you'reunder 25 years of age, you should be offered a repeat test for chlamydia three months after finishing your treatment because you're at a higher risk of catching it again.
If you test positive for chlamydia, it'simportant that your current sexual partner and any other sexual partnersyou've had during the past six months are also tested and treated.
A specialist sexual health advisercan help you contact your recent sexual partners, or the clinic can contact them for you if you prefer.
Either you or someone fromthe clinic can speak to them, or the clinic can send them a note to let them know they may have been exposed to a sexually transmitted infection (STI) .
The note will suggest that they go for a check-up. It will not have your name on it, so your confidentiality will be protected.
Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infection in the UK. Find out who is most at risk, where to get tested, and how it's treated.
Read about the possible symptoms of chlamydia that can be experienced by men and women, and find out when you should seek medical advice.
Read about who should have a chlamydia test, where you can get tested and what the test involves.
Read about how chlamydia is treated, including how long treatment lasts, whether you'll need to return to the clinic, and how long you'll need to avoid having sex.
Read about the possible complications that can develop if chlamydia isn't treated, including fertility problems in women and men.
Read Sally's story about how she discovered she had chlamydia when she was 16. She describes her symptoms and how she was diagnosed and treated.
Read the real story of Julie Dawson, who was diagnosed with chlamydia when she was 18.It had developed into advanced pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).