Chlamydia is an infection that spreads through sexual interactions and can cause symptoms in the urethra, throat, cervix and rectum. While many people experience symptoms after being infected with chlamydia, some people experience no symptoms at all. Symptoms that can occur from a chlamydia infection include pain and discharge. According to the CDC, hundreds of thousands of chlamydia infections are reported every year.
Fortunately, most cases of chlamydia can be cured with simple medications that can be prescribed by most medical providers. Chlamydia medication treatments are readily available at most pharmacies after being prescribed. In addition to treatment, it is important that anyone infected with chlamydia inform sexual partners so they can also be tested and treated if necessary given how contagious chlamydia can be. Early chlamydia treatment is particularly important because a prolonged chlamydia infection can lead to long-term medical issues. People with chlamydia infections often receive gonorrhea treatment at the same time.
Several different types of medications are used to treat chlamydia. For mild chlamydia infections, oral antibiotics are generally used. Most courses of chlamydia medication treatment are one to two weeks long. Depending on the judgement of the prescribing medical provider, one or more of the following medications are sometimes prescribed for chlamydia treatment:AzithromycinCiprofloxacinClarithromycinDoxycyclineLevofloxacin
As with all medications, side effects to chlamydia treatment can occur from the medications. Side effects are generally mild and included nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dizziness and fatigue. Prior to taking medication for chlamydia treatment, it is important to discuss side effects with a qualified medical practitioner. Following chlamydia treatment, it is important to know that it can take multiple weeks for the infection to fully resolve and that it is generally recommended to get retested within three months to confirm that the infection has resolved.
Chlamydia infection is often associated with other sexually transmitted diseases. If a chlamydia test is positive, a full range of tests for other sexually transmitted diseases should also be undertaken. This is best done at a specialist sexual health clinic. Some tests take longer to turn positive after you became infected and your local sexual health clinic can also advise about this.
It is important if you have tested positive for chlamydia to inform your previous sexual partners from the last 6 months. As chlamydia is often asymptomatic, they themselves may also have it and not be aware. They need testing and possible treatment. If you need help and advice on how to do this, sexual health clinics can arrange anonymous partner notification for you.
Chlamydia is usually treated with the antibiotic doxycycline 100mg taken twice daily for 7 days. This treatment is about 98% effective in eliminating infection. The course of treatment must be completed.
Since 2018, Azithromycin is no longer a recommended first line treatment, as it is less effective in treating more complicated chlamydia and encourages antibiotic resistance in other sexually transmitted infections.
Men who have a thick or bloody discharge from the penis with soreness or inflammation, women with heavy offensive vaginal discharge or irregular bleeding and low abdominal pain and men or women, who have anal/rectal discharge (from the back passage) which may be bloody, should not self treat. They should see their regular doctor/GP/GUM clinic for full STI testing as different treatment regimes may be required for other sexually transmitted infections.
Alternative antibiotics (not available from Dr Fox), include azithromycin and ofloxacin. These antibiotics are an option only in people who cannot take doxycycline. Contact a specialist sexual health clinic, genitourinary medicine clinic, family planning clinic, or GP if you think you need a different treatment.
Chlamydia test kits are available to buy online, or free from NHS sexual health clinics (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland), GPs, family planning clinics, young people clinics, some Brook centres and The Terence Higgins Trust.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) affecting both men and women and especially common in young adults. It is a bacterial infection of the genitals, anus or throat and one of the most common STIs in the UK. If left untreated chlamydia can lead to more serious complications such as infertility, pelvic inflammatory disease and inflammation of the testicles. As more than half of those infected do not have obvious symptoms, it is very important for sexually active people to get tested regularly, especially when changing sexual partners.
Anytime Doctor provides a regulated specialist service for people who have tested positive for chlamydia and patients who have a sexual partner who has chlamydia. If in doubt, please order a postal test kit before requesting treatment.
A doctor will review your consultation and, if it is safe to do so, approve you for treatment. Our doctors will suggest suitable treatment options, including dosage and treatment duration. Select your medicine and complete your order using our secure payment system.
All of our prices are fully inclusive. When buying your treatment online our price includes the cost of the consultation, the issuing of a private prescription, dispensing of the medicine itself, free delivery and doctor after-care. There are no hidden extras.
We aim to offer you similar pattern of healthcare as if you were to visit your normal GP for a face to face consultation. We believe it is important that you complete a medical consultation to ensure that the treatment option you are requesting is appropriate for your needs. Our GMC registered doctors are also able to suggest treatment options for you if you prefer. Once a doctor has approved you for treatment all prices are clearly displayed. Your medical consultation and registration is free and you are under no obligation to purchase any treatment after your consultation.
In order to manage some conditions online, we are required to inform your GP about the medicine you have been prescribed. This will be clearly highlighted during your consultation. We will not contact or share this information with your GP without your consent. You are required to provide consent each time you order, so you remain in full control of when we contact your GP on your behalf.
You must not have unprotected sex (sex without using a barrier method) for at least seven days after you have finished your course of chlamydia treatment. This is to ensure you do not pass chlamydia to your partner. It is also recommended that both you and your partner receive treatment to prevent reinfection if they have already been exposed to chlamydia.
If your partner has been exposed to chlamydia, they should also receive treatment to prevent cross- or reinfection of chlamydia. If unsure, they can order a chlamydia test kit. Should your partner also wish to use the Anytime Doctor chlamydia service, they are required to complete their own online consultation.
A test of cure (a test performed after treatment to check that your infection has been cured) is not routinely advised following Chlamydia treatment. However if you are under the age of 25 you should have another test 3 months after being treated for Chlamydia. It is also advisable to have a full STI screen annually or if you have a new sexual partner.
Need to get tested for chlamydia? Order a chlamydia test kit and test yourself from the comfort and privacy of your home. If your result is positive, you can return to us to request treatment (see above).
Chlamydia must be treated with chlamydia tablets, with the recommended treatment being a course of doxycycline. This is an antibiotic that comes in 100mg tablets. Doxycycline should be taken twice daily for a total of 7 days to treat chlamydia.
Doxycycline is the most effective chlamydia treatment. This study found that doxycycline was 100% effective at treating chlamydia, compared to azithromycin, which is another chlamydia antibiotic. Azithromycin is no longer recommended for the treatment of chlamydia because of bacterial resistance.
You should avoid all sexual contact during treatment. This includes sex with a condom. If your partner has chlamydia too, wait until you both have finished treatment and are free of symptoms to have sex (either with or without a condom).
You cannot get chlamydia antibiotics over the counter, as they must be prescribed to you. Some pharmacies offer chlamydia testing and can prescribe antibiotics without seeing your GP. You can check if your local pharmacy has this facility online or by asking a pharmacist.
If you have symptoms, they should start to get better after a few days of taking treatment. You need to finish the whole course of antibiotics to treat chlamydia. After 7 days of doxycycline, you can have sex again.
It is important that your sexual partners get tested and get treatment if they need it. If you take treatment and your sexual partner has chlamydia, you can catch it again. You should only have sex again once both of you have finished your treatment.
Chlamydia usually needs to be treated with antibiotics, as this can kill the bacteria that causes chlamydia. In some cases, your chlamydia symptoms may get better without treatment, but this does not mean you do not have chlamydia. You could still pass it on to sexual partners. It can also cause complications if chlamydia is left untreated, so it is always better to seek treatment. 781b155fdc