What is the Treatment of Chlamydia?

Christy Bowles
Christy Bowles
Antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat chlamydia.
Antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat chlamydia.

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted disease (STD) caused by Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacteria which can live in human body fluids such as urine and blood. This bacterium is spread through oral, genital, and anal contact, typically during sexual intercourse. The treatment of chlamydia usually requires a dose of antibiotics to kill the bacterium and eliminate any discomfort or symptoms caused by the infection. To treat chlamydia, doctors commonly prescribe antibiotics such as azithromycin or doxycycline.

Sexually active individuals should be screen regularly for chlamydia and other STDs.
Sexually active individuals should be screen regularly for chlamydia and other STDs.

Chlamydia can be diagnosed through laboratory tests that analyze urine, blood or tissue specimens for traces of the bacterium that causes the STD. Proper treatment of Chlamydia requires a positive identification of the bacterium, as particular antibiotic treatments are specifically prescribed to treat and resolve Chlamydia. Once a medical professional has clearly identified a Chlamydia infection, he can prescribe proper treatment.

Using safe sex practices can help reduce an individual's chances of contracting chlamydia.
Using safe sex practices can help reduce an individual's chances of contracting chlamydia.

The treatment of chlamydia is very routine and typically easy to self-administer. Patients usually take a course of antibiotics, which often includes either azithromycin or doxycycline. Patients can take a single dose of the antibiotic azithromycin, and this typically eradicates the infection. Alternatively, patients can select to treat an infection by taking a daily dose of the antibiotic doxycycline for a full week.

Chlamydia can be spread through oral sex.
Chlamydia can be spread through oral sex.

Treatment for chlamydia also typically requires abstinence from sexual intercourse, as sexual activity can increase the risk of reinfection through the transfer of infected body fluids. A patient who is in treatment for chlamydia should abstain from sexual contact until he has completed his course of antibiotic treatment and tests negative for the infection. While safer sex practices, such as the use of condoms, can reduce the chance of infection, they can not guarantee that infection or reinfection won't occur.

Up to 75 percent of women with a chlamydia infection exhibit no symptoms.
Up to 75 percent of women with a chlamydia infection exhibit no symptoms.

The proper treatment of chlamydia also includes long-term prevention methods. Safer sex practices such as barrier methods and mutually monogamous sexual relationships are highly recommended by medical professionals. In the event of an infection, prompt treatment of chlamydia with antibiotics is essential to maintaining the health of reproductive organs, and sexually active individuals should be routinely screened for this and all other STD's.

Chlamydia can often occur without noticeable symptoms. If symptoms do occur they typically produce burning on urination and possible pain and swelling in the reproductive organs. Long-term chlamydia infection in women can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and permanent damage to female reproductive organs. The proper treatment of chlamydia is essential to maintaining long-term reproductive health in both men and women.

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    • Antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat chlamydia.
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      Antibiotics are typically prescribed to treat chlamydia.
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      Sexually active individuals should be screen regularly for chlamydia and other STDs.
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      Using safe sex practices can help reduce an individual's chances of contracting chlamydia.
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      Chlamydia can be spread through oral sex.
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      Up to 75 percent of women with a chlamydia infection exhibit no symptoms.