Curing chlamydia can be simple if you seek testing and get treated as soon as possible. Antibiotics, such as azithromycin or doxycycline, are the most common methods used to treat the infection. Finishing all your medicine (even if the symptoms go away) is vital in completing your chlamydia treatment and preventing a recurrence of the disease.
An Overview of Treating Chlamydia
Antibiotics are used in treating chlamydia and, when used correctly, can cure the infection. A single dose of azithromycin (Zithromax®) or a week of doxycycline (twice a day) are the most common medications prescribed for treating chlamydia.
All sex partners should also receive chlamydia treatment to avoid reinfection. You should not have sex until you and your sex partner(s) have finished being treated for chlamydia.
There are also antibiotics used to cure chlamydia safely during pregnancy.
Key Points to Remember for Chlamydia Treatment
Treating chlamydia is easy, but it's important for you to seek testing and treatment right away. By doing so, you are taking good care of your reproductive health. If you have chlamydia:
- Get it treated right away. Visit a clinic, doctor, or nurse. Research suggests that having a sexually transmitted disease (STD) increases your risk of getting infected with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS).
- Follow your doctor's orders, and finish all the medicine that you are given. Even if your chlamydia symptoms go away, you still need to finish all of the medicine.
- Avoid having any sexual activity during chlamydia treatment.
- Tell your sexual partners so that they can receive treatment for chlamydia, too.
- See your doctor if your symptoms do not disappear within one to two weeks after finishing the medicine.
- See your doctor within three to four months for chlamydia testing, especially if your sex partner was not treated or if you have a new sex partner.
Doctors, local health departments, and STD and family planning clinics have information about STDs and can give you a test to find out if you have chlamydia. Don't assume your doctor will automatically test you. You can take care of yourself, however, by asking about this condition and requesting the appropriate testing.