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    If you are diagnosed with chlamydia, your doctor will prescribe oral antibiotics. A single dose of azithromycin or taking doxycycline twice daily for 7 to 14 days are the most common treatments and are the same for those with or without HIV. With treatment, the infection should clear up in about a week.

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     Family Physician, discusses Chlamydia diagnosis and treatment.

  • What is Chlamydia Diagnosis & Treatment

    Chlamydia is indeed a very common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis and can be transmitted through vaginal, anal, or oral sex, as well as through childbirth.

    One of the challenging aspects of chlamydia is that many people infected with the bacteria do not experience any symptoms, which is why it often goes undiagnosed. When symptoms do occur, they can vary between men and women.

    In women, chlamydia can lead to several symptoms, including abnormal vaginal discharge, a burning sensation during urination, and pelvic pain. Bleeding after sex can also be a sign of chlamydial infection. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause severe damage to the reproductive organs, leading to complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), chronic pelvic pain, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility.

    In men, symptoms of chlamydia may include discharge from the penis, a burning sensation during urination, and pain or swelling in the testicles. If left untreated, chlamydia can cause epididymitis, a painful condition that affects the epididymis (the tube that carries sperm), and potentially lead to fertility problems.

    It is important for sexually active individuals to get regular STI screenings, including tests for chlamydia, even if they do not have symptoms. Chlamydia can be easily diagnosed with a simple laboratory test, and if detected, it can be treated with antibiotics. It is crucial to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if symptoms improve or disappear, to ensure the infection is fully cleared.

    Prevention is also key in reducing the spread of chlamydia. Using barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, consistently and correctly can greatly reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting the infection.


    You've provided accurate information about chlamydia transmission and prevention. Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted infection that can affect both men and women. While it's true that chlamydia may not always cause symptoms in men, common symptoms can include burning during urination and occasional penile discharge.

    Chlamydia is primarily transmitted through sexual activity, particularly through genital sex. However, it is also possible to contract chlamydia through anal or oral sex, although the risk may be lower compared to genital sex.

    Preventing chlamydia involves practicing safe sexual behaviors. This includes minimizing the number of sexual partners and using condoms consistently and correctly during sexual intercourse. Regular testing is also crucial, especially when starting a new sexual relationship, to detect any infections early and seek appropriate treatment. Prompt treatment is important to prevent the development of severe complications associated with untreated chlamydia, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (in women) and epididymitis (in men).

    It's important to note that this information is general, and if you have specific concerns or questions about chlamydia or your sexual health, it's best to consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice.

    If you do get diagnosed with chlamydia, it is a curable infection. The treatment is an antibiotic. Your doctor can prescribe it to you, and it’s a short course of an antibiotic. During the time, your partner should also be treated, and you should abstain from sex until you’ve completed the course of therapy.  Often seeing a local family physician or a physiotherapist in conjunction with a registered dietitian and athletic therapist is a great option to take control of this condition. 

    If you’re concerned that you might have Chlamydia or have any other questions, please contact your family physician.Now Health Network Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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