Chlamydia Treatment

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Method of Treatment: Oral antibiotics

Length of Treatment: 3 or 7 days

Further actions:
+ No sex for 7 days
+ Re-test, if re-infection or pregnant
+ treat partner(s)

Price: £30
(STI Consultation fee of £50 applies if tested elsewhere)

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1. Run a Chlamydia test

Results available same day in Birmingham.

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2. Discuss positive result

No extra charge if you tested with us.

3. Give you the medications

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FAQs of Chlamydia Treatment

Can Chlamydia be cured?

Yes. Chlamydia can easily be treated and cured.

What is the treatment for Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is treated using oral antibiotics.

The length of medication can be either a short course over 3 days or a 7-days course. Sometimes you will be offered a 14-days course after the clinical assessment if any complication due to Chlamydia has been recognised (for instance, PID or epididymo-orchitis).

A single dose (one-off) course used to be very popular until recent past but is not recommended any more due to higher failure rate and concerns about resistance.

How long does the treatment take to work?

The medication starts to work once inside the body, but can take a few days to help any symptoms associated with this infection.

What is the treatment for Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is treated using oral antibiotics.

The length of medication can be either a short course over 3 days or a 7-days course. Sometimes you will be offered a 14-days course after the clinical assessment if any complication due to Chlamydia has been recognised (for instance, PID or epididymo-orchitis).

A single dose (one-off) course used to be very popular until recent past but is not recommended any more due to higher failure rate and concerns about resistance.

Are there any side effects?

Antibiotics are very safe but can have side effects. These may include: nausea, stomach cramps/pains, diarrhoea and skin rash on sun exposure.

Can I take this with other medications?

Generally, antibiotics can be taken with other medications. However, please make sure you tell the clinician exactly what medication you are taking, so an individualised assessment can be performed.

Can I drink alcohol whilst taking Chlamydia treatment?

Yes, you can. Ideally, it is best to avoid alcohol when taking antibiotics as this puts less pressure on the liver. If it is an occasion/night out, using alcohol will not affect the medication. Be mindful of the side effects of antibiotics and alcohol, we need this medication to remain in the body to work against the infection.

How effective is the treatment for Chlamydia?

The medication is very effective against chlamydia. However, due to overuse of antibiotics worldwide, some infections become resistant to the medication we use. This is why we change the antibiotics and dose, if there is a growing resistance against one type of antibiotic. For the treatment to be most effective, it is very important that you follow the instructions your clinician provides you. Please complete the full course of medication even if you feel better.

Does my partner need treatment?

Yes. Chlamydia is a very easy infection to share so we strongly advise that you inform your current partner(s) to be treated and tested. It is also advised that you inform any other sexual partner(s) from the last 6 months that you have the infection, so that these people can get tested and treated. This breaks the cha of infection.

Can I begin treatment before receiving my test results?

Yes. Treatment can begin before receiving results, especially if you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. It is really important to have tests before any treatment is commenced so we know if the treatment has worked and whether you need to tell your partner(s) or not.

How long do I have to wait before having sex again?

To be sure the antibiotic has eradicated the infection, we advise no sexual contact for 7 days. If your partner had treatment after you, then it must be 7 days after their treatment. If there has been any serious diarrhoea and vomiting, you may need to repeat the treatment, so advisable not to have any sex if unsure.

Do I have to get re-tested after my treatment?

A routine Test of Cure for Chlamydia is not needed. We may, however, recommend a test 4 weeks after starting treatment in the following cases:

  • You are pregnant
  • You are planning a pregnancy
  • You have not taken the medication as directed
  • You have had sexual contact before finishing treatment
  • You have a history of treatment failure
  • Or, your symptoms have not completely gone

As Chlamydia DNA can still be in your body for upto 4 weeks after starting the course of antibiotics, a test of cure done in this period can come back positive. This is why a Test of Cure (TOC) for Chlamydia, when done, is done 4 weeks after starting the course of antibiotics.

What happens if I don’t get treated?

There is some evidence that the body can finally clear the chlamydia infection through its immune response in some individuals. However, there is a risk of developing complications and passing the infection to others if you are not treated. You can read about complications of Chlamydia here.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Chlamydia, we would recommend getting tested and begin treatment without delay.

Understanding Chlamydia

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Page reviewed by Dr. Manoj Malu (Clinical Director)

Last reviewed date: 3 March 2020
Next review due: 3 March 2023

Whilst this content is written and reviewed by sexual health specialists, it is for general guidance only. It is not intended to replace the advice of your clinician.

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