How to Treat Chlamydia

Chlamydia is an STD that can easily be cured by antibiotics. However, nearly 90% of people infected with chlamydia do not have any symptoms indicating they have the STD. Currently, Chlamydia is the most frequently reported  sexually transmitted disease in the United States and is highest among young adults under the age of 24.

Being the current most highly reported infection, you want to be sure to practice safe sex and receive regular screening for STDs even if you are not experiencing any symptoms. In order to detect if someone has chlamydia, a laboratory test is required which can be purchased from SelfCollect. Be sure to take care of your body by having regular screenings especially if you are sexually active with a new partner or multiple partners.

While chlamydia can infect both men and women, it can cause serious damage to a women’s reproductive organs. If left untreated chlamydia can cause infertility or an ectopic pregnancy. Although nearly 90% of people infected with chlamydia do not show any symptoms, here are a few that could be an indicator of a possible chlamydia infection.

Symptoms of chlamydia in women:

  • Burning sensation when urinating

  • Abnormal vaginal discharge

  • Rectal pain, discharge, and bleeding

Symptoms of chlamydia in men:

  • Burning sensation when urinating

  • Abnormal penile discharge

  • Pain and swelling of the testicles

  • Rectal pain, discharge, and bleeding

If you notice any of these symptoms contact your doctor immediately. You want to be tested right away and talk your clinician about the best way to treat the infection. If you have chlamydia while pregnant or becoming pregnant it is possible to pass the infection on to your baby during delivery. This can cause pneumonia or eye infections in your newborn. During your first visits during pregnancy you should be tested for any STDs prior to giving birth. If you want to get tested from your home, you can get a chlamydia and gonorrhea test kit from SelfCollect.

Treatment for chlamydia: 

When testing positive, it is extremely important to follow all your doctor's rules for treatment. While chlamydia is curable with an antibiotic, it is necessary to finish the complete round of antibiotics within the instructed time frame. You can also discuss with you doctor about receiving treatment for current or past sexual partners. Since repeat infections are common, the Center for Disease Control suggests you take a follow-up test three months after treatment.

During treatment of the antibiotic you want to be sure to abstain from any intercourse with your partner(s). You want to be sure everyone has followed through entirely with their treatment and wait at least seven days after taking the medication.

Common medications prescribed for chlamydia:

  • Azithromycin

  • Doxycycline

  • Erythromycin

  • Levofloxacin

  • Ofloxacin

Any of the above medications for chlamydia should not be shared with other people. If after taking the prescribed medication you are still experiencing symptoms of the infection, follow-up with your doctor immediately.

Remember, it is strongly encouraged three months after treatment you and your partner(s) are retested. This helps to ensure the medication has been effective. If you are looking to be tested without walking into a clinic order a chlamydia kit from us today. Looking for complete privacy, up-front pricing, and no awkward conversations? Then SelfCollect is the testing panel for you!