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Treatment for Chlamydia

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Treatment for Chlamydia

Chlamydia is treated with antibiotics. They must be taken as directed. Sex will need to be avoided during this time.

The infected person and their partner both need to be treated. If the partner is infected or exposed, then the infection can happen again. If a partner refuses to get care, then the infected person's doctor may be able to give them the medicine.

Repeat infections are common. People who still have symptoms after taking medicine may need to be tested again. Even if symptoms go away, the person may be asked to get retested in 3 months. Pregnant people should return for testing at 3 weeks and 3 months.

This problem is treated with:


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  • Chlamydia genital infection. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at:
  • Sexually transmitted infections treatment guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at:
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