What to do if you test positive for chlamydia?


If you test positive for chlamydia, the first step is to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and can be easily treated with antibiotics.

Here are the steps you should take if you test positive for chlamydia:

  1. Inform your sexual partners: If you have had sexual contact with someone in the past 60 days, inform them about your positive test results so that they can also get tested and treated if necessary.
  2. Get treatment: Chlamydia can be treated with antibiotics, which can be prescribed by your healthcare provider. It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics as directed, even if symptoms disappear sooner.
  3. Follow-up testing: You should get retested for chlamydia 3 months after completing treatment to make sure that the infection has been cleared. This is important because reinfection is common, especially if sexual partners have not been treated.
  4. Abstain from sexual activity: To prevent further spread of chlamydia, it is important to abstain from sexual activity until you have completed your course of antibiotics and your sexual partners have also been treated if necessary.
  5. Practice safe sex: Using condoms consistently and correctly during vaginal, anal, and oral sex can reduce the risk of contracting and spreading chlamydia, as well as other STIs.

Remember, chlamydia can be easily treated, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), infertility, and chronic pelvic pain. Therefore, it is important to seek prompt medical treatment and follow the above steps to prevent further spread of the infection.

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