Chlamydia Treatment

In most cases, there is a 95% cure rate for chlamydia. So once a patient has been diagnosed of the chlamydia bacteria, the treatment should be quick and easy. The doctor will then prescribe oral antibiotics such as azithromycin (single dose) and doxycycline (multiple doses) which is just the same prescription for patients with or without HIV. However, there may be a different prescription for those patients with allergies and for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

chlamydia treatmentThe treatment usually lasts for one week and if there is a serious infection, it may take two weeks. Any sexual intercourse is prohibited while the patient is under medications. The patient must wait for at least one week after his or her medications is done before having any sexual intercourse. The doctor will also recommend that your partner(s) be tested for possible chlamydia and be treated if the results show positive. In this way, the spread of the chlamydia bacteria will be prevented. For pregnant women who are positive for chlamydia, the treatment will prevent the transmission of the infection to the baby during birth.

Men and women who are treated for chlamydia do not necessarily have to undergo another chlamydia test if the medications are taken properly. Repeat chlamydia test are only done if:

  • the patient was treated for chlamydia and is pregnant
  • the patient and his or her partner have had sex before the treatment has been finished
  • there are any skipped medications
  • the symptoms of chlamydia are still present
  • the symptoms of chlamydia have come back

After being treated for chlamydia, it is still possible to have a repeat infection. Repeat infections are very common when the patient’s sex partner is not treated properly or the patient has a new partner and is infected with chlamydia, too.

Taking antibiotics for chlamydia may also have mild side effects. The most common of these are stomach pain, diarrhea, and vaginal thrush.