used to treat chlamydia. It's important to take all of the medicine as
directed. Otherwise the medicine may not work. Both sex partners need treatment
to keep from passing the infection back and forth.
As soon as you
find out you have chlamydia, be sure to let your sex partners know. Experts
recommend that you notify everyone you've had sex with in the past 2 months. If
you have not had sex in the past 2 months, contact the last person you had sex
Having a chlamydia infection that was cured does not protect
you from getting it again. If you are treated and your sex partner is not, you
probably will get it again.
Some people who have chlamydia also
other STIs, such as gonorrhea.
Finding out that
you have an STI may make you feel bad about yourself or about sex. Counseling
or a support group may help you feel better.
It's easier to
prevent an STI like chlamydia than it is to treat it:
Don't have more than one sex partner at a
time. The safest sex is with one partner who has sex only with you. Every time
you add a new sex partner, you are being exposed to all of the infections that
all of their partners may have.
Use a condom every time you have
sex. Latex and polyurethane condoms keep out the viruses and bacteria that
Be responsible. Don't have sex if you have symptoms of
an infection or if you are being treated for an STI.
Wait to have
sex with a new partner until both of you have been tested for STIs.