Chlamydia - Treatment Overview
be cured with
antibiotics. The infection does not cause long-term
problems if it is treated early. But untreated chlamydia can lead to many
Treatment is recommended for:
- People who have positive chlamydia
- Sex partners within the last 60 days of people diagnosed
with chlamydia—even if they do not have symptoms.
- Newborns of women
who have chlamydia at the time of delivery.
It is important to not have sex for 7 days after the start of treatment
If you are treated for chlamydia and your sex
partner is not, you will probably become infected again. Encourage your partner
to get treated. Use
condoms to lower the chance of reinfection.
What to think about
Some people who have chlamydia
may also have
gonorrhea. In that case, treatment includes
antibiotics that kill both chlamydia and gonorrhea. For more information, see
Reinfection can occur.
Symptoms that continue after treatment are probably caused by another chlamydia
infection rather than treatment failure. To prevent reinfection, sex partners
need to be evaluated and treated.
Repeated chlamydia infections
increase the risk for
pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). Even one infection
can lead to PID without proper treatment. Make sure to take your antibiotics
exactly as prescribed. Take the full course of medicine, even if you feel
better in a couple of days.
Some doctors recommend retesting 3 to
12 months after treatment to reduce the risk of complications from
If you have chlamydia, your
doctor will send a report to the state health department. Your personal
information is kept confidential. The health department may contact you about
telling your sex partner or partners that they may need treatment.